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Foreword ... 

Sir M. Findlay 

Sir E. Howard 


Sir R. Paget 


Telegraphic Aug. 19, 1918 

Telegraphic; 19, 


Telegraphic Sept. 3, 

Mr. Lindley 


Sir M. Findlay 


Mr. Alston 


Sir C. Eliot 


Mr. Alston 


Mr. Lockhart 





Report by Mrs. L- 

Mr. H- 

Mr. G- 


Mr. Lindley 


Sir C. Eliot 


Lord Kilmarnock 


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Oct. 5, 

Nov. 4, 


Nov., 1918 



Nov. 27, 1918 • 



Arrest of British subjects in Petrograd and 


Armed raid on British consulate-general at 
Moscow, and arrest of British officials and. 
other persons 

Murder of Captain Cromie by Soviet troops. 
Informs of telegram from Petrograd 

Wholesale arrests and executions in Petro- 
grad as a result of attempts on Bolshevik 
leaders. Arrest of Mr. Lockhart. British 
subjects starving in prison 

Murder of Captain Cromie. Tribute to ser- 
vices which he rendered 

Arrest of British subjects in Moscow. Re- 
port by Netherland Minister on their 
present condition, and his efforts to obtain 
their release. Funeral of Captain Cromie. 
Letter appealing for help from British 
subjects imprisoned in Fortress of Peter 
and Paul 

Report of murder of ex-Emperor of Russia... 

Informs of events leading up to the murder 
of the ex-Emperor and other members of 
the Imperial family. Transmits letter 
from tutor of Czarevitch 

Discovery of corpses in mine-pit at Ala- 
paevsk of members of Imperial family. 
Fate of other members 

Oppression by Bolsheviks of their opponents, 
including Socialists, abolition of right of 
holding public meetings, suppression of all 
but Bolshevik press, and of all liberty. 
General terrorism 

Peasants and the laud. Industrial conditions. 
Repression of all non-Boisheviks. Con- 
ditions in the prisons ... 

Conditions in factories at Moscow. Trade 
conditions generally. Anti-Bolshevik feel- 
ing among peasantry ... 

Report on the internal situation. Growing 
discontent under Bolshevism 

Report ou the internal situation. Chaos and 
anarchy in the provinces. Confiscation of 
private property 

Commeuts on Bolshevik ideas of isociety. 
Their stvength lies in unlimited supply of 
paper money. Bolsheviks should be 
treated like pariahs ... 

Murder of ex-Empress of Russia and children 
supposed to have been committed about the 
same time as the murder of the ex-Emperor 

Conditions in a factory in Petrograd 





























Mr. Alston 


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Major Reilly 


General Poole 




Mr. Alston 


General Knox 


Mr. Alston 


Colonel Wade 


Mr. Alston 


Lord Kilmarnock 




Jan. 2, 1919 










Mr. Alston 


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Lord. Kilmarnock 


Mr. Alston 


Sir H. Rumbold 



Feb. 1, 




Report of a British subject on conditions in 
Moscow. The " cold terror " ... 

Starvation and terrorism in Moscow. Whole- 
sale murders and atrocities 

Dangers of famine in Europe if Bolshevik 
disorganisation continues 

Details of atrocities committed at Perm 

Arrival of Russian refugees from Kharog. 
Murders by Bolsheviks at Tashkent 

Bolsheviks employiug Chinese to kill officers 
and their families 

Methods of Bolsheviks to allay hostility 
abroad while campaign against the social 
and economic life at home continues. 
Treatment of women ... 

Torture and murder in Ural towns, 
of priests 


Conditions at Perm. Russians obliged to join 
Bolsheviks to avoid starvation ... 

Mutilations and tortures at Perm. Report of 
member of Red Cross Mission. Mutilations 
and massacres of Czechs in Ussuri district 
and of educated classes in Kief 

Chinese and Coreau bandits increasing in 
Bolshevik forces 

Conditions in Perm. Bolsheviks a privileged 
class free to commit crime against other 
classes. Murder of a bishop. Closing of 

Bolshevik Central Committees absorbing all 
power. In Moscow and Petrograd 
starvation making the people physically 
incapable of resisting. Mobilisation of 
peasants. Severe)' discipline and contin- 
uance of executions ... 

Murder and mutilation of a British workman 
in Northern Urals 

Terrorism at Lisva. Efficiency and energy 
of Bolshevik regime 

Revolt of peasants against Bolsheviks in 
Vyatka district. Their subsequent execu- 
tion and execution of their families 

Interviews with two British subjects from 
Moscow. Conditions in Moscow schools, 
factories, and shops 

Paralysis of the people in Petrograd and 
Moscow. Bolshevism losing its hold as 
its supplies of food decline. General 
apathy in the country ... 

Small percentage of pro-Bolsheviks among 
peasantry in Ekaterinburg district. Russian 
working classes not represented by Bol- 
sheviks, most of latter being Jews. 
Murder of labourers owing to non-support 
of Bolshevism 

Conditions in the Ukraine. Letter from a 
Polish lady respecting Bolshevik reign of 

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Lord Kilmarnock 


Mr. Alston 




General Knox 


Mr. Alston 




Mr. Bell ... ...Telegraphic 


Consul-general Bagge jTelegraphic 


Sir C. Eliot ....Telegraphic 


General Knox 





Sir C. Eliot ... Telegraphic 



Report by a British 

Chaplain at Odessa 

Report by Mr. M 

Lord Kilmarnock 


Report by Mr. K 

Feb. 6, 1919 


Feb 5, 






Mar. 2, 




Feb. 17, 

Bolshevik atrocities in Esthonia ... 

Report from Acting British Consul at Ekater- 
inburg as to conditions there for past year 

Interviews with two British subjects returned 
from Petrograd in January. Bolshevik 
oppression of the peasant proprietor. The 
Red Army. Dissatisfaction of workmen. 
Treatment of the middle classes. Oppres- 
sion of Socialist parties on the ground of 
their being " counter-revolutionary." Bol- 
shevik plans for world revolution 

Murder of Imperial family. Further details 

Bolshevik persecutions and crimes at Ekater- 
inburg. Reports evidence of witnesses. 
Oppression of clergy ... 

Murder of Grand Duke Michael at Perm. 
Methods adopted by Bolsheviks against 

Murder of Russian Grand Dukes in Peter and 
Paul fortress at Petrograd in January 1919 

Danger of famine in the Ukraine. Peasants 
beg for assurance that their property in 
land be declared inviolable before they 
will commence sowing seed 

ncreasing desertions from Red Army and 
insurrection of peasants. Massacre of 
priests at Osa, and of officers at Menzelinsk 

Details of seventy-one murders and mutila- 
tions perpetrated at Ekaterinburg during 

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Details of further murders in Ekaterinburg 

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Appeal of Omsk Government to Democratic 
parties to unite against Bolsheviks 

Report from Omsk. Conditions of railway 
transport. W holesale issue of paper money. 
Bolshevik discipline stricter. Measures 
against religion 

Ruin in Moscow : treatment of women, atroci- 
ties and mutilations in Eastern Russia 

Bolshevik crimes in Perm. Torture of women 
and murder of priests in Omsk districts ... 

All classes continue to come to the British 
Consulate at Ekaterinburg with evidence 
of murders and outrages. Reports show 
terrible extent of murder and pillage 

Bolshevik tyranny in South Russia in 1918 

Food conditions and prices in Moscow 

Report on Bolshevik atrocities in Esthonia 
" Blood bath in Walk " 

Conditions in towns and country. Growing 
feeling among working classes against 
Bolsheviks. Religious revival... 


















Report by Mr. J- 




Report by Rev. B. S. 


Memorandum by 

Mr. B 










Conditions around Moscow and in Vladimir 
Government. Disorganisation on railways. 
Apathy amongst anti- Bolshevik classes 
resulting from their treatment : their 
indifference to all but food questions 
Punishment of families of officers who 
refuse to join Bolshevik army. Disease in 
Moscow. Private trading abolished 

Results of Bolshevism in Northern Russia 

Interviews with returned British subjects .. 
Progress of Bolshevism in Russia- 
Present position of Bolshevism ... 
Appreciation of the economic situation in 

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Anti-Bolshevik outbreaks 







Extracts from the Russian press, p. 79. 


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THE following collection of reports from His Majesty's official representatives in 
Russia, from other British subjects who have recently returned from that country, and 
from independent witnesses of various nationalities, covers the period of the Bolshevik 
regime from the summer of 1918 to the present date. They are issued in accordance 
with a decision of the War Cabinet in January last. They are unaccompanied by 
anything in the nature either of comment or introduction, since they speak for 
themselves in the picture which they present of the principles and methods of 
Bolshevik rule, the appalling incidents by which it has been accompanied, the economic 
consequences which have flowed from it, and the almost incalculable misery which it has 

A Collection of Reports on Bolshevism in Russia, 

No. 1. 

Sir M. Findlay to Mr. Balfour. — (Received August 20.) 

(Telegraphic.) Christiania, August 19, 1918. 

T HAVE received following telegram dated the 9th August from Woodhouse and 
Cromie at Petrograd to General Poole : — 

" British subjects have been arrested during the past two days without any charge 
having been made against them, but only two have been detained so far. We protested 
and asked for explanation. On 5th August all British officials at Moscow were arrested, 
but the majority were subsequently released and are presumably now under house 

" Their probable evacuation was notified to us, and we were warned to be ready to 
leave with them, but as yet we have no definite news from them. Commissary 
threatens to intern all allied subjects. Please inform London of above, as we are 
not allowed to telegraph in any direction. Tell London also that up to the present 
all are well here. In Petrograd position of Soviet Power is becoming rapidly 
untenable, and orders are being given for various units and places to be evacuated. 
That they are in touch with Germans is quite evident. A yacht is ready at Peterhof to 
take Lenin away." 

No. 2. 

Sir E. Howard to Mr. Balfour. — (Received August 20.) 

(Telegraphic.) Stockholm, August 19, 1918. 

FOLLOWING is a summary of the more important points in a series of 
despatches from Mr. Wardrop, at Moscow : — 

"August 5. — About 4*30 this morning a band of ten armed men attacked consulate- 
general and demanded admittance. Without my authority one of the inmates of the 
house opened the door, being threatened with fire-arms. This was the fourth armed 
raid on the premises. 

" Guards left at 5*30 and local commissary expressed his regret at the incident. 

" During the morning I learnt of arrest of several British subjects, including 
Messrs. Armitage, Whitehead, William Cazalet Hastie (over seventy years old), North 
(chaplain), Beringer (Reuters agent), and Miss H. Adams, one of my staff. In the 
afternoon, while Mr. Lockhait was calling, another raid on the premises was made with 
warrant for arrest of staff. I protested and declared that I only yielded to force. Office 
was sealed in great detail, seals being attached to every drawer, to both safes, and to 
all receptacles for papers, 'also to doors to the office rooms. All the staff were then 
arrested, including Mr. Stevens, Mr. Douglas, and lady clerks, and conveyed to Soviet's 
police quarters in Tverskoi Boulevard. Mr. Lockhart, Captain Hicks and I were not 
arrested, as Chicherin had promised that consuls and military missions should not be 
arrested. Their staffs, however, had not been specifically mentioned. French military 
attache, General Lavergne, was liberated after short arrest. Staff were detained. 
Guards were stationed to watch my premises and I was left in my private apartments 
there. I do not regard failure to arrest myself and Mr. Lockhart as evidence of 
intention to treat us better than our staffs, but rather the contrary. 

" 1 do not regard Bolshevik detention of our nationals as aimed at deterring us 
from vigorous action in distant places, so much as intended to protect Bolshevik leaders 
on their fall. They are converting houses in centre of the city into improvised fortresses 
in the belief that there will be soon a serious rising, in which their Allied prisoners will 
serve as centres. Finally, if they regard all as lost they will probably hound populace 
on to massacre these prisoners. 

" August 6. — Consul Stevens, Vice-Consuls Lowdon and Douglas released about 
3 a.m., also North and others, and French Consul-General Grenard and French Consul 
Labonne, by efforts of Swedish colleague who spent the night in negotiations 

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"At 10 p.m. following still detained : — 

' Vice-Con suls Wishaw, Greenep, and Jerram, passport officer Webster and his 
assistant, Ginson senior, Tamp] in and Linger of Lockhart's staff, Fritz Mucukalv 
and the Misses Galbaly and Adams of my staff. Prisoners so far fairly comfortably 
housed and fed and allowed to associate with one another. Guards conciliatory. 

" I am allowed to go in and out, and Mr. Lockhart and his remaining staff can 
visit me. 

" August 7. — I called at temporary prison and saw Greenep, Wishaw, and Jerram. 
They are all well treated by their guards who are real Russians, unlike most of their 
leaders, who are either fanatics or Jewish adventurers like Trotsky or Ptadek. 

" All British and French women are now released. Also Mr. Beringer and 

" August 8. — Wishaw, Greenep, Jerram, and Webster brought here this morning 
by efforts of my Swedish colleague. Whole staff of consulate-general now at liberty. 

" It is also suggested that during our stay at Petrograd we shall be under a 
Bolshevik guard. Evidently Bolsheviks are trying to prolong negotiations. City is 
on the whole quiet. All ex-officers under sixty are to report themselves this morning, 
probably with a view to their arrest, and there are rumours of wholesale arrest of clergy.'' 

No. 3. 

Sir R. Paget to Mr. Balfour. — (Received September 3.) 
(Urgent. ) 
(Telegraphic.) Copenhagen, September 3, 1918. 

FOLLOWING report from Danish Minister at Petrograd has been communicated 
to me by Danish Government : — 

" On 31st August the Government troops forced their way into the British 
Embassy, their entry to which was resisted by British naval attache, Captain Cromie 
who, after having killed three soldiers, was himself shot. 

" The archives were sacked, and everything was destroyed. 

" Captain Cromie's corpse was treated in a horrible manner. Cross of St. George 
was taken from the body, and subsequently worn by one of the murderers. 

" English clergyman was refused permission to repeat prayers over the body. 

" French Military Mission was forced. A man named Mazon and a soldier and 
several Frenchmen were arrested. 

" Bolsheviks in the press openly incite to murder British and French. 

" It is urgently necessary that prompt and energetic steps be taken." 

No. 4. 

Sir R. Paget to Mr. Balfour. — (Received September 10.) 

(Telegraphic.) Copenhagen, September 9, 1918. 

I HAVE received telegram from Petrograd as follows : — 

" Wholesale arrest and decapitations have resulted from attempt on Lenin and 
murder of Uritsky. Bolsheviks are arresting bourgeoisie, men, women, and children, 
having no connection with the authors of these attempts, on the plea that they are 
faced with conspirators. 

" According to official reports, more than 500 persons have been shot during the 
last three days without enquiry or sentence. Fresh executions are being prepared, 
and the press is full of blood-thirsty articles. 

" Lockhart was arrested and condemned to death, but at the last moment we 
succeeded in saving him ; 28 British, including British consul, and 11 French have 
been arrested at Petrograd. In the prisons conditions defy description. In fortress of 
Peter and Paul, where all the British are confined, prisoners have absolutely no food. 
In order to remedy this, we have now succeeded in forming an organisation. Every 
night executions take place without trial. Terrorism continues. Protest against these 
proceedings has been made verbally and in writing bj 7- foreign representatives, 
including Germans. List of more than 1,000 hostages has been published by the. 
Government, amongst whom are four Serbian officers, who will be shot if attempt on 
life of a commissary should be made." 

No. 5. 
Mr. Lindley to Mr. Balfour. — (Received September 11.) 

(Telegraphic.) Archangel, September 6, 1918. 

I HAVE just received news of murder of Captain Cromie by Bolsheviks, and 
accusations of latter against him. 

Fact is that gallant officer devoted his whole time at Petrograd to the service of 
his country. His first object was to prevent Baltic fleet falling into German hands ; he 
then helped in evacuating valuable stores, and latterly gave most of his attention to 
plans for preventing a German advance on Vologda. These activities, carried out for 
months in daily danger of his life, brought him more or less into co-operation with 
Russians hostile to Bolshevik regime and therefore claimed as reactionaries. 

His plans may very well have included destruction of certain bridges as Bolsheviks 
declare. In Captain Cromie, His Majesty has lost a most gallant, capable, and devoted 

No. 6. 

Sir M. Findlay to Mr. Balfour. — (Received September 18.) 

(Telegraphic.) Christiania September 17, 1918. 

FOLLOWING is report by Netherlands Minister at Petrograd, the 6th September, 
received here to-day, on the situation in Russia, in particular as affecting British 
subjects and British interests under Minister's protection : — 

" Sir, — On 30th August I left for Moscow, largely in connection with negotiations 
for evacuation of British subjects from Russia. The same day Uritski Commissary at 
Petrograd, for combating counter-revolution, was assassinated by a Jewish student 
Kanegiesser, whose father is a wealthy engineer and holds a very good position at 
Petrograd. This murder was at once attributed by the Bolshevik authorities and 
Bolshevik press (only existing press in Russia) to French and English. 

" That same night Consul Woodhouse and Engineer- Commander Le Page were 
arrested at 1 a.m. in the street. Every effort was made the next day (31st August) by 
my secretary, M. van Niftrik, to obtain their release, and that of Consul Woodhouse 
was promised for the afternoon. 

"At 5 p.m. on the 31st August, when Consul Bosanquet and Acting Vice-Consul 
Kimens, who had been busy the whole day with M. van Niftrik in connection with his 
attempt to obtain release of the arrested and were heading to the Embassy and were 
near the Embassy building, they were warned not to approach the Embassy, told that 
it had been occupied by Red Guards, and that two persons had been killed. They at 
once decided to head back to find M. van Niftrik and asked him to endeavour to secure 
entry into the Embassy. While driving slowly away from Embassy their car was 
stopped by Red Guards in another car, one of whom levelled a revolver at them and 
told them to hold up their hands. They were searched and had to give their names and 
rank, but to their great surprise were allowed to proceed. M. van Niftrik drove with 
them to Gorokhovaya 2, headquarters of the Commission for Combating Counter- 
Revolution, to which persons arrested are usually taken, and where Mr. Woodhouse 
was confined. He had a long interview with the commandant of Petrograd, Shatov, and 
strongly protested against the unheard of breach of International Law which had taken 
place, and demanded to be allowed to drive immediately to Embassy to be present at 
search there. Permission was refused by Shatov, who said that Embassy was being- 
searched because authorities had documents proving conclusively that British Govern- 
ment wa£ implicated in Uritski's murder. When they had left and their car was 
passing the Winter Palace, staff of British Consulate and of missions, and some civilians 
who were at Embassy when it was invaded, were seen walking under guard to No. 2 

" A meeting of neutral diplomatic corps was held that night upon the initiative of 
M. van Niftrik, at which the following points were submitted : — 

" ' 1. That immediate release of those arrested should be demanded. 

2. That it should be insisted upon that M. van Niftrik should be present at 
examination of arrested. 

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' 3. That attention should be. drawn to gross breach of international law com- 
mitted by armed occupation of the Embassy, which bore on the door a 
signed and sealed notice to the effect that it was under the protection of 
Netherlands Legation, and by refusal to allow M. van Niftrik to be present 
at the search.' 

" The meeting drew up a protest to be presented to the Soviet authorities at 

' On the 1st September particulars were learnt as to the violation of Embassy. 
The Red Guards, under iht direction of several commissaries, had made their way 
into the Embassy at 5 p.m. and behaved with the greatest brutality. Captain 
Cromie, who had tried to bar their entrance, and had been threatened that he would be 
killed ' like a clog,' had fired killing two men. He had then been shot himself, and 
died nearly instantaneously. The whole staff of the Consulate and Missions and 
some civilians accidentally present at the Embassy, had then been marched under 
escort to Gorokhovaya No. 2, where they remained until Tuesday, the 3rd September, 
when (at 4 p.m.) they were conveyed to the fortress of Peter and and Paul. 

." During the next few days repeated efforts were made by M. van Niftrik, M. van 
der Pals, also Consul and neutral Legations to obtain release of those arrested, but 
without success. M. van Niftrik endeavourtd successfully to obtain an interview with 
Zinovief, President of Northern Commune, on the 1st September ; M. de Scavenius, 
Danish Minister, who expressed profound indignation at what had occurred, saw Zinovief 
at 9 p.m on that day, and expressed himself in strongest terms. He was promised 
that body of Captain Cromie should be delivered up to him and M. van Niftrik, and on 
the 2nd September they together removed the body to the English Church. The 
funeral took place in the presence of the whole of the Corps Diplomatique and the 
greater part of the British and French communities. The coffin was covered with the 
Union Jack and was completely wreathed with flowers. After it had been lowered into 
the grave I pronounced following short address in French and English : — 

" ' In the name of the British Government and in the name of the family of 
Captain Cromie 1 thank you all, especially the representatives of the Allied 
and neutral countries, for the honour you have shown Captain Cromie. 

" ' Friends, we have all known Captain Cromie as a real friend, as a British 
gentleman, as a British officer in the highest sense of the word. 

" ' Happy is the country that produces sons like Captain Cromie. 

" ' Let his splendid and beautiful example lead us and inspire us all until the end 
of our days. Amen.' 

" The doyen of the Corps Diplomatique, M. Odier, Swiss Minister, gave expression 
to his deep sympathy and admiration for the late Captain Cromie, who had died for 
his country. 

" In the evening of the 3rd September, no impression having yet been made on the 
Communal authorities, another meeting of the Corps I) omatique was held. This 
meeting was attended by neutral diplomatic repre-e ; lives, and M. van der Pals, 
representing the Netherlands Legation. Unexpecte \ feature of the meeting was 
the appearance of German and Austrian consuls-general. The whole of the 
body met together at 9 p.m. and proceeded to Zinovief s residence, where 
they with difficulty succeeded in obtaining an interview with him. M. Odier 
strongly protested, in the name of the neutral legations, at action taken by Communal 
authorities against foreign subjects He emphasised the fact that for- acts, of violence 
committed against foreign subjects in Russia the Soviet officials would be held 
personally responsible. He demanded that permission should be granted for a neutral 
representative to be present at the examination of the accused. Zinovief said that he 
must consult his colleagues on the matter. M. van der Pals afterwards again laid 
stress on this point. M. Odier was followed bv German consul-general, who made a 
forcible protest in ohe name of humanity against the terrorism now entered upon by 
Bolsheviks. He referred in strong terms to ' sanguinary ' speech of the other day by 
M. Zinovief, and said that even though French and English arrested belonged to nations 
at war with Germany, yet it was impossible not to unite with neutral representatives 
in a strong protest against course now adopted by Bolsheviks. 

" I returned to Petrograd yesterday, as I had received a telegram from my 
secretary urging my return, and could not therefore take responsibility of remaining 
longer absent from Petrograd, where position, I gathered, must be very bad. Up to 
to-day situation here has in no way improved. Besides British arrests, numerous 

arrests of French citizens have taken place, including that of the commercial attache to 
French Embassy, though French consular officers have not so far been touched. 
Thousands of Russians, belonging to officer and wealthy classes, not excluding 
merchants and shopkeepers, are being arrested daily, and, according to an official 
communication, 500 of them have already been shot ; amongst arrested there are a 
large number of women. For last four days no further British arrests have been made. 

" Position of British subjects in prison is most precarious, and during last few days 
constant reports have readied Legation that question whether to shoot or release them 
has not yet been decided. There seems to be also a strong tendency to regard those 
arrested as hostages. Those belonging to military and naval missions are probably in 
most danger, and in present rabid temper of Bolsheviks anything is possible, but there 
is some hope that consular staff and civilians maybe released before matters become 
still more serious. With regard to members of missions, hope of release seems 
very small. 

" Conditions under which Englishmen at' Peter and Paul fortress are kept are 
most miserable. I was informed yesterday by M. D'Arcy, commercial attache to 
French Embassy, just released, that they are crowded together with other prisoners, 
some twenty in a cell, twenty by ten feet. In each cell there is only one bed, rest 
must sleep on a stone floor. No food whatever is supplied by prison authorities, and 
they depend entirely on arrangements which this Legation had madt, and food furnished 
by friends and relatives. Rugs, pillows, medicines, warm clothing, and other comforts 
are being sent from time to time, but great difficulties are experienced m getting these 
articles delivered. From the 31st August to morning of the 2nd September no food at 
all was accepted for prisoners. Since then they have received some supplied from outside, 
but it still remains to be seen whether it will reach them regularly at fortress, though 
I shall leave no stone unturned to secure its proper distribution. Russian prisoners in 
fortress appear to be absolutely starving, and this will make question of supply of 
British subjects even more difficult than it would otherwise be, owing to presence in 
their cells of famished Russians. I enclose herewith copy of letter just received from 
British prisoners, which speaks for itself. 

"Yesterday evening I endeavoured to see Zinovief in order to inform him of 
appalling conditions at the fortress, but he absolutely refused to see me. I was equally 
unable to see Uritski's successor and could only gain access to a subordinate of latter, 
who behaved with lack of courtesy which may now be expected. I informed him of 
conditions obtaining in fortress, and he eventually promised to speak to commandant 
of fortress whom he had occasion to see that night. He refused to give me the 
number of Zinovief s telephone or name of commandant of fortress. 

" As regards situation in Moscow, I can only say that in my opinion it is most 
grave. Nineteen Englishmen and thirty Frenchmen have been arrested and are kept 
under the worst conditions. Mr. Lockhart, who was released and subsequently re- 
arrested, was only saved from being shot on 4th September by my most strenuous 
exertions. Before I left Moscow a solemn promise was given to me that he would be 
released, but his position is precarious in the extreme, while all those now under arrest 
there are in great danger. Mr. Lockhart is accused by Soviet Government of 
organising a plot to overthrow it, and Bolshevik official and unofficial papers are full, of 
details of alleged conspiracy, while it is asserted that British officials at Petrograd were 
concerned in plot. Attempt on life of Lenin is of course attributed by Bolsheviks to 
British and French, and if he should die it is quite possible that all now under arrest at 
Moscow and Petrograd would be shot. 

"At Moscow^ I had repeated interviews with Chicherin and Karahan. Whole 
Soviet Government has sunk to the level of a criminal organisation. Bolsheviks 
realise that their game is up and have entered on a career of criminal madness. 
I repeatedly told Chicherin, with all the energy of which 1 am capable, that 
he must realise full well that Bolshevik Government was not a match for England. 
England had a longer wind than the Soviets. She would not be intimidated; 
even if hundreds of British subjects should be, executed by order of the 
Bojsheviks England would not turn one hair's breadth from her purpose. Moment 
would come when the Soviet authorities, man by man, would have to pay for 
all the acts of terrorism which they committed. But in spite of persistence with which 
I drove those facts home, I could not obtain any definite promises from Chicherin but 
only a few evasive replies and some lies. Bolsheviks have burnt their boats and are 
now ready for any wickedness. 

' As regards original objects of my journey to Moscow — evacuation of British from 
Russia — I found it necessary to promise that Litvinof should be allowed to leave 
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England at once, provided that m exchange for this concession allTBritish subjects in 
Russia, including consular staffs and missions, were allowed to leave the country. 
This was agreed to so far as consulates and civilians were concerned, including those 
now under arrest at Petrograd, but an exception was made with regard to members ol 
military and naval missions, who would be released only on arrival of Russian Red 
Cross delegates in France for the purpose of repatriation of Russian soldiers. Result 
of negotiations was reported by telegraph to His Majesty's Minister at Stockholm 
for communication to British Government. 

"As regards invasion of British Embassy at Petrograd, I had occasion to present 
to Chicherin and Karahan, in addition to my protest and demands for repatriation 
embodied in my note to Chicherin of 2nd September, joint protest drawn up by neutral 
diplomatic representatives at Petrograd (see above) which' I also signed, demanding 
release of all those arrested at Embassy and that Embassy should be handed over to 
me, and stating that Soviet Government would be held responsible in every respect for 
consequences of this breach of international law which was quite unique in history. 
This I reported to my Government at The Hague, through the intermediary of 
Chicherin for transmission to British Legation there, though I cannot affirm that 
telegram was sent. Chicherin wished to evade question of release of persons arrested 
at Embassy, and only agreed to demand for Embassy to be handed over to me, but I 
told him plainly that it must be all or nothing, and that I would not consent to half 
measures of this kind. I have further demanded that all documents seized at the 
Embassy shall be delivered to me. 

" The foregoing report will indicate the extremely critical nature of the present 
situation. The danger is now so great that I feel it my duty to call the attention of 
the British and all other Governments to the fact that if an end is not put to 
Bolshevism in Russia at once the civilisation of the whole world will be threatened. 
This is not an exaggeration, but a sober matter of fact; and the most unusual action 
of German and Austrian consuls-general, before referred to, in joining in protest of 
neutral legations appears to indicate that the danger is also being realised in German 
and Austrian quarters. I consider that the immediate suppression of Bolshevism is 
the greatest issue now before the world, not even excluding the war which is still 
raging, and unless, as above stated, Bolshevism is nipped in the bud immediately, 
it is bound to spread in one form or another over Europe and the whole world, as it is 
organised and worked by Jews who have no nationality, and whose one object is to 
destroy for their own ends the existing order of things. The only manner in which 
this danger could be averted would be collective action on the part of all Powers. 

" I am also of opinion that no support whatever should be given to any other 
Socialistic party in Russia, least of all to social revolutionaries, whose policy it is at 
the moment to overthrow the Bolsheviks, but whose aims in reality are the same, 
viz., to establish proletariat rule through the world. Social revolutionaries will never 
fight any foreign Power, and any profession which they may now make in this sense 
are merely a tactical move in their struggle with the Bolsheviks. 

" I would beg that this report may be telegraphed as soon as possible in cypher in 
full to the British Foreign Office in view of its importance." 

Following is copy of letter received from British prisoners in the Fortress of Peter 
and Paul at Petrograd, dated 5th September, 1918 : — 

" Your Excellency, 

" We are not allowed to write letters. We will write to you daily, since the 
chance of our letters getting through are very remote. Our lite here is even worse 
than in Gorokhovaya 2, and in a sense we are being treated exactly like Russian 
officers and bourgeois, who are being slowly starved to death here. Our only hope lies 
in parcels, but delivery of parcels has been stopped for the moment. Those due on 
Monday last have not yet been delivered. It all depends on the caprice of some one in 
authority, and he seems very capricious. Surely we are entitled to be treated like 
prisoners of war and to be inspected by neutrals, to have the right of buying food, of 
getting news, of sending letters, of exercise, of getting clean linen, &c. Apart from the 
question of food, that of clothing and medical attention are most important. All the 
prisoners here have a chronic diarrhoea ; most of us have now got it, Requests for a 
doctor, or medicine, or complaints to the commandant, all receive no attention. In 
short, our treatment is absolutely inhuman. 

" Following is a short account of our treatment since Saturday last. We were 
never told why we were arrested, and from the first all requests, &c, to see you have 
been contemptuously and rudely refused. We reached Gorokhovaya at 6 p.m. on 
Saturday, and, after questioning of an aimless sort, we were put, at 8 P.M., in a room 

about 25 feet by 15 feet, where there were already about fifty arrested Russians — 
murderers, speculants [sic], &c. All beds were already occupied, and we spent the 
night between the three odd chairs, the floor, and walking about. By morning we were 
all in the first stages of verminosity, very dirty, tired, and hungry. The first food 
came at 1 P.M., small bowls of bad fish, soup, and one-eighth of a pound of bread. At 
6 p.m. we got another one-eighth pound of bread. We received the same food on Monday 
also. On Sunday night the room was less full, and we got some sleep. By that time 
we were also getting used to the journey [sic]. Parcels arrived on Monday and eased 
the food situation. On Tuesday at 4 p.m. we were marched through the streets under 
escort here. The consul's request for a vehicle for our kit was most rudely refused. 
Here we were distributed in different cells, size about 20 feet by 10 feet, in order to 
make up the number twenty. In our cell are thirteen Russians, four of whom are slowly 
starving to death. They have had no food for three days. After we had been here 
thirty-three hours, soup came in at 3 A.M., and one-eighth pound of bread. We could 
not eat the soup ; wood, leather, stones, mixed with cabbage and paper, were its main 
ingredients. So we, too, will sooner or later starve to death. Our immediate need 
is parcels, but it is essential for you to send some one here on Saturday to see ii 
they have been delivered and to obtain our receipts. Otherwise they will not be 


" Next is medical comforts : (1) for diarrhoea ; (2) aspirin. We can get none. 
Third is some money. 

" We will write again to-morrow. We are not allowed to leave our cells. The 
door is never opened. The w.c. periodically refuses to work, and the atmosphere is 

" Need I say more, save that 1 hope you will lay the substance of this report before 
His Majesty's Government. 

" With many apologies for giving you this trouble. — (Signed) From British Subjects 
detained in Peter and Paul." 

No. 7. 

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received September 18.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivo stock, September 16, 1918. 

HIS Majesty's consul at Ekaterinburg, Mr. Preston, who left that place on the 
1st September, has just arrived here, and has given following information as to fate of 
Russian Imperial family : — 

Ex-Emperor of Russia and Grand Duchess Tatiana were brought from Tobolsk to 
Ekaterinburg by Bolsheviks on the 1st May, 19 18. Emperor was given suitable quarters 
near British consulate. Rest .of Imperial family, including ex-Empress, other 
three daughters, and Czarevitch arrived a few days later. Members of suite, 
including Prince Dolgorouki, as well as British and French tutors who came with 
Imperial family from Tobolsk, were not allowed to remain with Emperor at 
Ekaterinburg, and returned to Tobolsk. Prince Dolgorouki was kept in prison, where 
he either eventually died or was killed. 

Prince Dolgorouki frequently asked me, as doyen of Consular Corps, at least to try 
and obtain better conditions of living for Imperial family. It was impossible for me, 
however, to do anything, and when I interceded for the Princess, whom I said I was 
protecting as a Serbian ally, I was threatened with arrest. When the Czech advance 
on Cheliabinsk commenced, the Ekaterinburg Bolshevik Government, who already had 
considerable friction with Central Bolshevik Government on money matters, began to 
use threats against the Imperial family as a means of extorting funds from Central 
Government. When Bolsheviks knew they would have to evacuate Ekaterinburg owing 
to the approach of the Czechs, they asked the people's commissaries at Moscow what 
they should do with the Emperor. The reply they received was : " Do whatever you 
think fit." At a meeting .of the Ural Soldiers' and Workmen's delegates held on 
16th July, a decision was come to that the Emperor should be shot, and this decision 
was communicated to him, and sentence carried out by Lettish soldiers same night. 
However, no trace has ever been found of the body. The rest of members of Imperial 
family were taken away to an unknown destination immediately after this. It is said 
that they were burnt alive, as various articles of jewellery have been identified as 
belonging to them by their old servants, and their charred remains are said to have 
been found in a house burnt to the ground. It is still thought possible that the 

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Bolsheviks took them north when they retreated to Verhotoury. The following grand 
dukes were in captivity near Ekaterinburg, at Alapaevsk, besides the ex-Emperor, 
George Constantinovitch, Ivan Constantinovitch, and Serge Michailovitch. Princess 
Helene of Serbia, the wife of the Grand Duke Ivan Constantinovitch, was frequently at 
the British consulate, where everything possible was done for her, but in spite of my 
energetic protests, the Bolsheviks took the Princess with them when they evacuated 
the town. 

With the help of local White Guards, the three above-mentioned grand dukes 
managed to escape from their captivity, but it is not known where they are at present. 

No. 8. 
Sir C. Eliot to Mr. Balfour. — (Received January 2, 11)19.) 

Sir, . Ekaterinburg, October 5, 1918. 

I HAVE the honour to submit the following report of what is known respecting 
the fate of the Russian Imperial family, as well as a short narrative written at my 
request by Mr. Sidney Gibbes, formerly tutor to His Imperial Highness the Czarevitch. 
Mr. Gibbes accompanied the Imperial children from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg on 23rd 
May, but was not allowed to live in the house where they were confined with their 
parents in the latter town. 

The Bolsheviks of Ekaterinburg stated in speeches and proclamations that the Czar 
was shot on the night of 16th July, but many of the best-informed Russians believe 
that he is still alive and in German custody. I cjare not, however, indulge the hope 
that this is true, unless some more adequate explanation than those current can be given 
of the supposed action of the Bolsheviks. 

The official in charge of the enquiry at the time of my visit showed me over the 
house where the Imperial family resided. He dismissed as pure inventions the stories 
commonly believed in Siberia, such as that the corpse had been discovered, or that a 
member of the firing party had made a confession. On the other hand, he said that all 
• the narratives of persons who thought they had seen the Emperor after 16th July had 
proved to be entirely without foundation In his own opinion, the chances were four to 
three that the murder had been perpetrated. The house stands on the side of a hill, 
and the entrance leads into the first floor, where the Imperial family lived ; the ground 
floor, in which the guard was quartered, consisting of offices and kitchens. The latter, 
however, were not used for cooking, the only food allowed being military rations brought 
in from outside, and some special dishes for the Tsarevitch which were supplied by the 
nuns of a neighbouring convent. A high wooden palisade hid the windows of the upper 
storey, which were also whitewashed inside and kept closed even in the heat of summer. 

The Imperial family had to endure considerable hardships and insolence while they 
lived in this house. They were allowed only one walk of fifteen minutes in the garden 
every day, but the Czar found distraction in doing carpentering work in an open shed. 
At meals the soldiers sometimes came in and took part of the meat off the table, saying 
that there was too much, and the Imperial Family were not allowed decent privacy. 

The rooms when I saw them presented a melancholy and dirty appearance, because 
the Bolsheviks had burnt a great quantity of objects in the stoves, and the ashes were 
subsequently taken out by the police and spread on the tables and floor with the object 
of discovering if they contained anything interesting. 

There appears to be no evidence whatever to corroborate the popular story that on the 
night of the 16th July the Czar was taken out of the house and shot by a tiring party in 
the manner usual at Bolshevik executions, but there is some evidence that sounds of uproar 
and shooting were heard in the house that night, and that no traffic was allowed in the 
streets near it. The murder is believed to have taken place in a room on the ground 
floor, which was sealed up, but kindly opened for my inspection. It was quite empty ; 
the floor was of plain wood, and the walls of wood coated with plaster. Doggerel 
verses and indecent figures were scrawled on them. On the wall opposite the door, 
and on the floor, were the marks of seventeen bullets, or, to be more accurate, marks 
showing where pieces of the wall and floor had been cut out in order to remove the 
bullet holes, the officials charged with the investigation having thought fit to take them 
away for examination elsewhere. They stated that Browning revolver bullets were 
found in all the holes, and that some of them were stained with blood. Otherwise no 
.traces of blood were visible, but there were some signs that the wall had been scraped 
and washed. The position of the bullets indicated that the victims had been shot 
when kneeling, and that other shots had been fired into them when they had fallen on 


the floor. Mr. Gibbes thought, that for religious reasons the Czar and Dr. Botkine 
would be sure to kneel when facing death. There is no real evidence as to who or how 
many the victims were, but it is supposed that they were five, namely, the Czar, 
Dr. Botkine, the Empress's maid, and two lackeys. No corpses were discovered, nor 
any trace of their having been disposed of by burning or otherwise, but -it was stated 
that a finger bearing a ring, believed to have belonged to Dr. Botkine, was found in a 

On the 17th July a train with the blinds down left Ekaterinburg for an unknown 
destination, and it is believed that the surviving members of the Imperial family were 
in it. 

It will be seen from the above account that the statement of the Bolsheviks is the 
only evidence for the death of the Czar, and it is an easy task for ingenious and 
sanguine minds to invent narratives giving a plausible account of His Imperial Majesty's 
escape. It must indeed be admitted that since the Empress and her children, who 
are believed to be still alive, have totally disappeared, there is nothing unreasonable in 
supposing the Czar to be in the same case. The marks in the room at Ekaterinburg 
prove at most that some persons unknown were shot there, and might ( veil be explained 
as the result of a drunken brawl. 

But I fear that another train of thought is nearer to the truth. It seems to me 
eminently probable that the Bolsheviks of Moscow, or a section of them, wished to hand 
over the Czar to the Germans. With this object a commissioner went to Tobolsk and 
removed Their Imperial Majesties in a summary, but not unkindly, manner, probably 
intending to take them to Moscow. He evidently knew that the temper of the Siberian 
Bolsheviks was doubtful, for he stopped the train outside Omsk and, finding that the 
local authorities intended to arrest the Czar, he ordered the train to leave for Ekaterin- 
burg, that is, to take the only other route to Moscow. But when the train reached 
Ekaterinburg it was stopped by the local authorities and all the occupants removed. 
Subsequently the Imperial children were brought to Ekaterinburg from Tobolsk and 
placed in custody with their parents. The treatment of the Imperial family at 
Ekaterinburg shows an animus which was entirely wanting at Tobolsk, and the 
Bolsheviks became more hostile and more suspicious, as they felt that their own reign 
was coming to an end, and that they must leave the city. There is some evidence that 
they were much alarmed by an aeroplane flying over the garden of the house, and 
I fear it is comprehensible that in a fit of rage and panic they made away with His 
Imperial Majesty. 

It is the general opinion in Ekaterinburg that the Empress, her son, and four 
daughters were not murdered, but were despatched on the 17th July to the north or 
west. The story that they were burnt in a house seems to be an exaggeration of the 
fact that in a wood outside the town was found a heap of ashes, apparently the result 
of burning a considerable quantity of clothing. At the bottom of the ashes was a 
diamond, and, as one of the Grand Duchesses is said to have sewn a diamond into the 
lining of her cloak, it is supposed that the clothes of the Imperial family were burnt 
here. Also hair, identified as belonging to one of the Grand Duchesses, was found in 
the house. It therefore seems probable that the Imperial family were disguised before 
their removal. At Ekaterinburg I did not hear even a rumour as to their fate, but 
subsequent stories about the murder of various Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses 
cannot but inspire apprehension. 

I have, &c. 


Enclosure in No. 8. 

Memorandum Written by Mr. Sydney Gibbes, formerly Tutor of the Tsarevitch, and 
given to me (High Commissioner) on October 5, at Ekaterinburg. 

THE Emperor had no great cause to complain- of his treatment while living ni 
Tobolsk, and physically he greatly improved in health. He seemed to feel that he had 
absolved himself of a wearisome business and thrown the responsibility on other 
shoulders. The enforced leisure gave him more time to devote to what was undoubtedly 
dearest to him in the world — his wife and family. The Empress suffered more, but bore 
bravely up under all hardship. 

The Grand Duchesses were always happy and contented, and seemed satisfied 


with the simple life to which they were reduced, although they pined for more exercise 
in the open air, the yard being a poor substitute for the parks. This indeed seemed 
generally to be their greatest hardship. 

The Grand Duke enjoyed fairly good health most of the time, and suffered most 
from lack of youthful society, although the doctor's son was sometimes allowed to enter 
and play with him. 

This simple family life went on till the beginning of April (o.s.), when the first 
important Bolshevik Commissar, Yakovlef, arrived from Moscow. He was received by 
the Emperor, who showed him the rooms in which they lived, including the Grand 
Duke's room, where he was then lying ill in bed. At the end of the visit he asked to 
be taken a second time to see the Grand Duke. 

After lunch on the 12th of April, Yakovlef announced to the Emperor 
and Empress that he was instructed to remove the Emperor, and hoped that 
he would consent and not oblige him to use force. The Empress was greatly 
distressed, and at her desire was allowed to accompany the Emperor and - take 
with her her third daughter, the Grand Duchess Marie. Hasty preparations were 
made for their departure. The Imperial family dined alone, but at eleven 
o'clock invited all who were accustomed to dine with them to tea in the drawing- 
room. Tea was served at a large round table carried into the room, and was a very sad 
meal. The departure was fixed for 3 a.m., and shortly before that time carts and 
carriages entered the yard. The Emperor drove with Yakovlef, and the Empress 
and Grand Duchess Marie in a half-covered tarantass. They were 

accompanied by Prince Dolgorouki, Dr. Botkine, the Empress's maid (Demidova), the 
Emperor's man (Chemidorof), and one lackey (Saidnef). The carriages were strewn 
with hay, on which they sat, or rather reclined. The roads were in a fearful condition, 
the thaws having already begun, and at one point they were obliged to cross the 
river on foot, the ice being already unsafe. On the second night, they spent a 
few hours in a hut, and arrived on the following day at Tumen, where 
a train was in waiting which took them in the direction of Omsk. Some 
versts outside that town Yakovlef left the train and went by motor 
car to the , telegraph station to communicate with Moscow, and, finding 
that preparations were being made in Omsk to arrest the Imperial family, he 
returned to the train, which then left in the opposite direction, and returned the way it 
came. However, on arrival at Ekaterinburg, the train was stopped and everybody 
removed : Prince Dolgorouki to prison and the others to a private house in the centre of 
the town that had hastily been prepared for their reception. A high wooden fence of 
rough boards was hastily put up outside the house, and the windows whitened within. 
Here the Emperor, Empress, and Grand Duchess Marie lived till the 16th July (o.s.), 
the rest of the children being brought from Tobolsk to join their parents on the 23rd 
of May. For this journey elaborate arrangements were made for its safe conduct, and 
the whole personal effects of the Imperial family, as well as the furniture from the 
Governor's house, were removed at the same time. The train arrived in the middle of 
the night, but was kept moving in and out of the station all nig'ht, and at 7 a.m. the 
children were removed, being placed in cabs and taken to the house. The night was 
cold and heavy snow fell as they left. At tea the Countess Hendrichof, the Empress's 
Lady-in-Waiting, Mile. Schneider, the Empress's reader in Russian, and General 
Tatischef were taken away to the prison and have since been shot. At 11, three 
lackeys, the cook, and his boy were ordered to prepare to go into the house, and two 
certainly, most probably four, were afterwards shot. The remainder of the establishment, 
consisting of the Baroness Buxhoevden, Ladj^-in- Waiting to the Empress, the English 
and French tutors, and about sixteen personal attendants and servants were set at 
liberty and happily escaped. 

Since the departure of the Bolsheviks, the house in which the Imperial family lived 
has been thoroughly examined, and undoubted traces of murder exist, but the number 
of shots are not sufficient to warrant the supposition that all the persons there confined 
were murdered. Part were murdered and part were taken away, and as the Grand 
Duchesses' hair had been found,' it is supposed that the Imperial children were taken 
away disguised. Garments having been burnt in a forest outside the town also 
strengthens this supposition. The Bolsheviks announced after this date at a public 
meeting held in the theatre and by bills posted on the walls that the Emperor had been shot 
and the Imperial family removed to a safe place, and to the present there is no evidence 
to prove the statement false, while the evidence of the hair would prove that at least 
the part of the statement concerning the children was true. But since that date nearly 
three months have passed. 


Other members of the Imperial family confined at Alapaevsk, a small town 100 
versts from Ekaterinburg, included the Grand Duke Serge Michaelovitch, Prince John 
Constantino vitch, Prince Igor Constantinovitch, and Count Vladimir Pavlovitch Pale, 
all of whom there is reason to fear have been killed. The Grand Duchess Serge, who 
was also there is reported to have been wounded and taken away. Princess Helen 
Petrovna, of Serbia, who came to Ekaterinburg to be near her husband, was arrested, 
as well as the two Serbian officers who came to induce her to leave, and has been 
removed with the other hostages taken from the town. 

No. 9. 

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received November 5). 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, November 4, 1918. 

FOLLOWING from Consul at Ekaterinburg, 28th October :— 

"Regret to report I am informed by Russian staff that when Alapaevsk was taken 
by Russian troops on 29th September corpses, sufficiently preserved to be recognised, ot 
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, and of three Royal Princes John, Constantin, 
and Igor Constantinovitch, and also that of Grand Duke Serge Michaelovitch, and 
lady-in-waiting, name yet unknown, were found in mine pit in which they had been 
thrown, presumably alive, bombs being thrown on them which did not effectually 
explode. All were buried with ceremonial, large crowds attending. Princess Helene 
of Serbia, I elieved to be at Perm, where she was taken by Bolsheviks with Serbian 
mission, when Bolsheviks evacuated Ekaterinburg. Making thorough investigation." 

No. 10. 

Mr. Lockhart to Sir G. Clerk. 

Dear Sir George, November 10, 1918. 

THE following points may interest Mr. Balfour : — 

1. The Bolsheviks have established a rule of force and oppression unequalled in 
the history of any autocracy. 

2. Themselves the fiercest upholders of the right of free speech, they have sup- 
pressed, since coming into power, every newspaper which does not approve their policy. 
In this respect the Socialist press has suffered most of all. Even the papers of the 
Internationalist Mensheviks like " Martov " have been suppressed and closed down, and 
the unfortunate editors thrown into prison or forced to flee for their lives. 

3. The right of holding public meetings has been abolished. The vote has been 
taken away from everyone except the workmen in the factories and the poorer servants, 
and even amongst the workmen those who dare to vote against the Bolsheviks are 
marked down by the Bolshevik secret police as counter-revolutionaries, and are 
fortunate if their worst fate is to be thrown into prison, of which in Russia to-day it 
may truly be said, " many go in but few come out." 

4. The worst crimes of the Bolsheviks have been against their Socialist opponents. 
Of the countless executions which the Bolsheviks have carried out a large percentage 
has fallen on the heads of Socialists who had waged a life-long struggle against the old 
regime, but who are now denounced as counter-revolutionaries merely because they 
disapprove of the manner in which the Bolsheviks have discredited socialism. 

5. The Bolsheviks have abolished even the most primitive forms of justice. 
Thousands of men and women have been shot without even the mockery of a trial, and 
thousands more are left to rot in the prisons under conditions to find a parallel to 
which one must turn to the darkest annals of Indian or Chinese history. 

6. The Bolsheviks have restored the barbarous methods of torture. The exami- 
nation of prisoners frequently takes place with a revolver at the unfortunate prisoner's 


7. The Bolsheviks have established the odious practice of taking hostages. Still 
worse, they have struck at their political opponents through their women folk. When 
recently a long list of hostages was published in Petrograd, the Bolsheviks seized the 
wives of those men whom they could not find and threw them into prison until their 
husbands should give themselves up. 

8. The Bolsheviks who destroyed the Russian army, and who have always been 
the avowed opponents of militarism, have forcibly mobilised officers who do not share 
their political views, but whose technical knowledge is indispensable, and by the threat 
of immediate execution have forced them to light against their fellow-countrymen in a 
civil war of unparalleled horror. 

9. The avowed ambition of Lenin is to create civil warfare throughout Europe. 
Every speech of Lenin's is a denunciation of constitutional methods, and a glorification 
of the doctrine of physical force. With that object in view he is destroying syste- 
matically both by executions and by deliberate starvation every form of opposition to 
Bolshevism. This system of "terror 1 ' is aimed chiefly at the Liberals and non- 
Bolshevik Socialists, whom Lenin regards as his most dangerous opponents. 

10. In order to maintain their popularity with the working men and with their hired 
mercenaries, the Bolsheviks are paying their supporters enormous wages loy means of 
an unchecked paper issue, until to-day money in Russia has naturally lost all value. 
Even according to their own figures the Bolsheviks' expenditure exceeds the revenue by 
thousands of millions of roubles per annum. 

These are facts for which the Bolsheviks may seek to lind an excuse, but which 
they cannot deny. 

Yours sincerely, 


No. 11. 
Reports on Conditions in Russia. 


Report on " Bolshevik Realities," by Mrs. L- *, formerly Organiser and Controller 

of a large War Hospital in Moscow, who left Russia in October 1918. 

The Feasants and the Land. — Already under the regime of the Provisional 
Government the land had been handed over to the whole body of the peasants in each 
district. But it must be borne in mind that the Russian peasant has a strongly 
developed sense of property and all his hopes were centred on an ultimate dividing of 
the land, which would make each one an individual proprietor and guarantee him the 
secure ownership of his holding. The Bolsheviks, however, regarding the land as the 
property of the nation as a whole, ordered the peasants to cultivate the fields for the 
benefit of the local commune. The peasants, disappointed in their hopes, soon began 
to express their disapproval of the new policy. This brought upon them the accusation 
of disloyalty to the Soviet Government, and their antagonism was countered by the 
appointment in each district of " Comiteti Bednoti ' : (Committees' consisting of the 
poorest class of peasants), who disposed of the crop, leaving a certain amount in 
possession of those who had grown it and taking the rest for themselves. This meant 
that the drones got all they needed without doing any productive work, and was 
equivalent to a premium on idleness. The inevitable result was a steady decline in 
the crops, which will in the end prove the ruin of agricultural Russia. 

The Factory and the Workmen. — Under the Provisional Government, Workmen's 
Committees were formed which dealt with such questions as hiring of labour, deciding 
the scale of pensions, allowances, and bonuses, and the whole administration of the 
factory. Selling prices were controlled and profits were allocated in the proportion 
of 95 per cent, to the State and 5 per cent, to the owner. In practice this scheme 

* As some of those who have handed in reports or been interviewed have relatives and property in 
Russia and contemplate returning there after the Bolshevik regime is at an end, their names have been 


resulted in continual reconstruction of the committees on the ground that the bonuses 
were too low or pensions unfairly awarded. The committees were never in power 
long enough to get acquainted with the details of the business. At the beginning of 
their regime the Bolsheviks did not alter this system, but gradually changes leading 
towards nationalisation were, inaugurated. In March 1918 private trade was put an end 
to and a Central Board for every industry was set up which collected the produce 
from various firms' The selling prices were fixed by decree, but payment out of 
which wages and expenses had to come was made by the Central Board only after long 
delay and repeated demand. 

n July all factories 1-1 ;re nationalised and handed over to the workmen under 
the direction of Central Boards which functioned in a most despotic manner. All 
owners and managers were turned out and could not re-enter the works unless 
elected. At the slightest opposition or protest the workmen were thrown into prison, 
field guns brought out, and the threat made to raze the factory to the ground. 

Wages and Food. -The minimum wage for a workman was fixed at 500 roubles 
per month, while superior artisans (a very small percentage of the community) received 
up to a maximum of 1,000 roubles per month. This sum was fixed on the assumption 
that the official rations were inadequate. In actual fact the scale was ludicrously 
insufficient to maintain life. Up till September 1910 the bread ration was l lb. to 
\ lb. per day for workmen and -^ lb. for others. The bread was of very low standard, 
was full of refuse of all kinds and of the consistency of putty. Even this ration was 
seldom to be had. True, certain things could be obtained by underhand means, as for 
example black flour at 10 roubles per lb. (equivalent to 6s. to-day), butter at 39 roubles 
per lb., sugar at 39 roubles per lb., eggs at 27 roubles per dozen. From this it is 
quite evident that the wage of 500 roubles was inadequate for the upkeep of a family. 
As a result the workpeople tried to bring supplies into the town from districts where 
the prices were lower. This practice was strongly forbidden by the Government 
because it upset their " rationing organisation," and strong measures were taken to 
repress it. A train returning from one of the food areas would be held up by a body 
of Red Guards, established at some point on the line. These guards would open fire 
on the train and almost invariably some of the passengers were shot. All had their 
provisions confiscated, and the wretched workman returned to his home minus money 
and flour and having lost two or three days' work. These food hunting expeditions 
disorganised the whole of the factories, as a third of the men were always absent. 
When it is remembered that clothing, rent, and other necessaries had also to be 
provided out of the 500 roubles, it will be understood how deplorable were the 
conditions of life. Materials and made-up clothing were also rationed, but there was 
hardly enough to supply the needs of one-tenth of the population. The result of this 
struggle between the workmen and the Government, and the inefficiency of the latter's 
subordinate officials, is that the Russian factories are rapidly falling into a state of 
ruin. Output has decreased in some cases 90 per cent., and as there is no available 
supply of fuel or raw materials it is only a question of a few months, ]f the Bolsheviks 
remain in power, before the factories will be forced to close down. 

Repression of Democracy. — After the July Congress and the anti-Bolshevik 
demonstration of the Left Social Revolutionaries, non-Bolshevik Socialists were deprived 
of all political rights, hundreds of Socialist workmen were thrown into prison and 
large numbers were shot. In addition 3,000 workmen were thrown out of employment 
in the tramway repairing shops in Moscow simply on the ground of their Social 
Revolutionary sympathies. 

The best illustration of the autocratic rule under which the workmen now exist is 
the fact that all public expression of opinion has been forbidden. All non-Bolshevik 
newspapers have been suppressed, including even " The Independent Socialist/' whose 
editor, Martov, had a world-wide reputation in Socialist circles. All public meetings 
except those organised by ihe Bolsheviks are prohibited, and the Bolsheviks call 
themselves " The Peasants' and Workmen's Government." 

The most serious crime in the eyes of the Bolsheviks is anti-Bolshevism, and the 
work of discovering and punishing offenders of this kind is in the hands of the 
Extraordinary Commission— an autocratic body which arrests, examines, imprisons, 
and executes at will. There is no charge, no public trial, and no appeal. There are 
English works-foremen in prison in Moscow to-day with nothing against them except 
the fact that they happened to be in a certain street or square at the time when the 
Red Guards took it into their heads to make a general arrest. Appeals from the Red 
Cross and the neutral consuls are unavailing. The Kommissar in charge of the case 
is away ill and nothing can be done till his return. Crimes of street robberv, &c. 


are punished in a rough-and-ready way ; the offender is shot on the spot and the body 
left there till some one thinks good to remove it. 

To describe the life inside the prisons would require the pen of Charles Reade. 
Even using the greatest restraint and moderation, any account must appear exaggerated 
and hysterical to English readers. In verminous, ill-ventilated cells, starved and 
terrorised people are crowded together in one room, men, women, young girls (the 
latter held as hostages to force their hiding fathers or brothers to give themselves up). 
At six o'clock in the evening the doors are locked and no one is allowed out for any 
reason till morning, except those called out at about 3 a.m. for execution. Healthy and 
sick (some with cholera) are huddled on the floor, uncertain of their fate and knowing 
it is out of the power of anyone to help them. The food consists of one quarter of a 
pound of black bread and a bowl of hot warer in which are floating some pieces of 
cabbage and occasionally a few fish heads. Red Cross officials noticed a rapid change 
in the appearance of prisoners ; they looked each day more haggard, drawn, and 


Report by Mr. H , Vladimir. — October 14, 1918. 

Our mills continued to work under the most adverse conditions, which grew from 
bad to worse during the course of the years 1917-1918, owing to labour disorganisation, 
shortage of raw material, money (from a balance of 35,000,000 roubles we now owe 
25,000,000 roubles to the State Bank), and finally of food for the workpeople. The 
large shell manufacturing plant which during the course of the war we had developed 
had to be closed down by orders of the Soviet. Famine and cholera finally made their 
appearance, and the workpeople and their families (especially children) commenced to 
die and to grow so weak as to seriously impair their capacity for work. My co-directors 
and self were powerless to do anything to help or do anything in the matter as the 
Soviet had taken over everything connected with the working of the concern, putting 
in utterly incapable people such as doorkeepers, watchmen, &c, to supervise work 
demanding long experience, technical and medical knowledge, even interfering with 
the hospital administration, where the man cook supervised the work of our doctors. 

As the (mill) position grew worse and matters became impossible I was charged 
with sabotage and working as an agent of England to paralyse industry in our district. 
All the sales and purchases of materials and goods were made through the agency of 
the Soviet, who employed dishonest persons with the result that though our goods 
were ostensibly sold to various representative bodies such as other Soviet organisations, 
in reality they were made the objects of speculation and theft, and sold in some cases 
to known German agents and sent to Germany. This was known to the workpeople 
who were greatly excited by the matter. Shortage of food, the supply and disposal of 
which became a Soviet monopoly, with the usual result of stopping all supplies, forced 
the workpeople to travel to the grain districts in the South and East of Russia and 
obtain supplies there themselves. The supplies, in order to preserve the principle of 
Soviet monopoly, were usually confiscated by the Red Army requisition commandoes 
from the unfortunate people on their return journeys on the railways. These Red 
Army requisition commandoes are charged with the duty of stopping all private trading 
and so-called speculation, but being in many cases utterly devoid of any idea of honesty 
or duty, merely took the food and resold same, in many cases to the people again. 
Eventually there was no more money to be had, the workpeople having even exhausted 
their savings. In addition, the journey undertaken to obtain food was long, costly and 
arduous, and generally 50 per cent, of the people were away from their occupation, 
losing their wages and so making their position still worse, and congesting the railways. 
At the same time members of the local Soviet were continually seen in a drunken 
condition and were evidently living well. Exasperation grew, and finally the work- 
people, with whom joined many of the peasants in the district, came in a body to me 
and asked my aid, but I was powerless to help. In addition, I had to be very careful 
as my words and actions could have been so misconstrued to the Soviet as to cause 
them to think that I was interfering in their functions. The fact of the people coming 
to me as of old for help alarmed the Soviet authorities, and open threats were made 
against me and arrests of workmen followed. This was at the time of the outrage at 
the British Embassy at Petrograd, and on receipt of news of same I was advised to 
leave by certain members- of the Soviet. A meeting was then called by order of the 


Moscow authorities in order to choose the quota, of members of the requisition 
commandoes of the Red Army from amongst the workpeople, who answered tbe 
summons by picking the members of the local Soviet, who were bitterly attacked and 
the actions" and authority of the Soviet Government repudiated. The speakers were 
arrested, and on the demand of the crowd of workpeople, numbering some 20,000, to 
release them, the guard of the local prison consisting of members of the Red Army 
opened fire, killing and wounding, it was stated, over 100 people. In addition many 
were badly hurt in the panic which ensued. On the following day all the mills and 
works in the district were stopped, the workpeople striking as a protest. 1 then left 
the district for Moscow, not wishing to be made the centre of an anti-Soviet movement ; 
especially as the authorities were accusing the British and French representatives as 
being the cause of the many disturbances which were occurring all over the country, 
but which in reality were caused by their own reckless, unscrupulous, and utterly 
dishonest conduct. 

My house, with all contents, horses, carriages, clothing, &c, were confiscated or 
" requisitioned " by the local Soviet. In addition all my holding in the firm, including 
shares and loan money, were taken over by the Central Government, and jewellery, plate 
and papers placed in the safe of the library at the Anglican Church, and furs stored in 
cold storage in Moscow were confiscated by the Moscow Tribunal. 


Trade Conditions in Central Russia. 

No statistics are available, but, roughly, the following can be taken as a fairly 
eliable estimate in October last : — 

Metal Trades. 

The metal trade was practically at a standstill, due to the shortage of fuel and raw 
materials, probably not more than 40 per cent, of the plant on all branches being in 
operation. Labour was thoroughly disorganised, owing to political and economic 
disturbances and shortage of food products which forced the workpeople to leave their 
occupations for long periods in search of food. The stocks of what little fuel, copper, 
lead, &c, that remained were being gradually exhausted, and no hope of recovery 
could be expected in the near future. Physically the metal trades entail a heavy strain 
on the workers, whose stamina was thoroughly exhausted by shortage of food. 

Linen Trade. 

Production was 50 per cent, of the normal and was gradually being reduced owing 
to shortage of flax (due to difficulties of transport) and fuel. Workpeople were starving 
and absenting themselves from their work searching for food. 

Woollen Trade. 

Production was decreased 60 per cent, owing to shortage of wool and fuel. 
Similar conditions prevailed amongst the workpeople as elsewhere in Central Russia. 
During the course of the summer there was a stoppage of from one to three months of 
all the mills. The wool-producing districts, such as Simbirsk, Kazan, Saratoff, and 
Astrakhan were centres of great unrest, and no wool was to be obtained from these 

Cotton Trade. 

Production was decreased GO per cent, below normal. This applies to all 
branches. Many mills were stopped altogether and the stocks of cotton from these 
mills have been requisitioned and distributed to certain groups of mills which have 
been nationalised by the Government. Probably 30 per cent, are stopped. Stoppages 
of all mills took place during the summer of from one to three months. At time of 
leaving another period of stoppage of one month for all mills had been proclaimed by 
the Government. Labour conditions, as in other trades, owing to economic and 
food troubles, were very unsettled. There was sufficient fuel to last six months. 
Stocks of cotton in Central Russia were roughly 1,500,000 poods; the monthly 
requirements for all mills being 1,200,000 poods. These stocks would allow of 
another five weeks of work. In Central Asia it was estimated that there were the 


following stocks : 3,500,000 poods of the old! 916-1917 crops and 2,500,000 p< cds of 
the new 1917-1918 crops. On the Volga and on the Caspian Sea it was estimated 
that there was another 1,000,000 poods. These last stocks were, however, unavailable, 
as the districts mentioned were practically cut off from communication with Central 
Russia. This year, 1918, it is calculated that only 30 per cent, of the land in Central 
Asia is being sown with cotton. 

In Central Russia the staple trades are manufacturing in all its branches 
woollen and silk. Of the raw material required during the period of the war 70 per 
cent, of the cotton has been obtained from Central Asia and Trans-Caucasia (Erivan, 
Kars, and Mugan districts), and 30 per cent, from abroad. Silk has also been 
obtained almost entirely from these districts with the exception of a small quantity 
from Japan. With the closing of these markets to Russia the textile industries will 
have entirely to close down, thus throwing out of work a great number of people. 
The Mohammedan populations in these districts are only too anxious to throw off the 
power of the Soviets, and would do so at once if they were sure of strong support on 
the part of the Allied Governments. Several risings have taken place in the territories 
of the Emir of Bokhara and the Khan of Khiva, who themselves are very anxious 
regarding the safety of their own thrones, as there is in their dominions a party who 
support the Bolsheviks. 

Silk Trade. 

The silk trade is practically dead. All supplies of silk from Italy, Japan, Central 
Asia, and the Caucasus being cut off and the stocks of silk are now exhausted. 

Paper Trade. 

The paper trade has greatly decreased, probably the output of the mills being 
00 per cent, of normal. 

Coal Trade. 

The Brown coal districts of Tula, Riazan, and Moscow are giving 00 per cent, of 
their full production, the shortage being caused by the absence of the workpeople. 
Strong attempts are being made by the Soviets to develop these districts since the Doll 
Coalfields were cut off from Russia. The results so far have not been 

Peat Industry. 

The working season as a rule is from May to July. The labourers employed are 
bodies of organised peat workers from the Riazan G-oveinment, supplemented during 
the war by German and Austrian prisoners. The work is heavy and requires great 
physical strength. The workers, not having sufficient food, could not produce their full 
complement of work. In addition many workpeople did not leave their villages 
fearing famine. In consequence production was only 60 per cent, of the normal. 
Great efforts have been made by the local authorities, especially in view of the fact 
that the stocks of coal and naphtha were exhausted, to increase the production of this 
class of fuel. The results were disappointing and gave no alleviation to the 

Timber Tirade. 

Tracts of forests were being cut down for the use of the railways and industries, 
especially power stations, but the shortage of labour and disorganisation of traffic 
prevented any serious results being attained. The shortage of fuel has caused the 
authorities to close the schools or to curtail the period of instruction. 


The crops in 1918 have been in every case above the average, the Government 
estimate being 120 per cent. Much hitherto uncultivated land was brought under the 
plough owing to the very high prices prevailing for food products, the price for 
same fixed by the Government being 20 roubles per pood for flour, which, in private 
hands, was being sold at 350 to 400 roubles per pood. The price of meat was fixed at 
40 roubles per pood but was being sold at 400 roubles per pood ; sugar was being 


sold at 25 roubles per pood. Under these conditions the peasantry were making much 
money, as, for instance, one dessetine of land produces on an average in Central 
Russia 200 poods of potatoes, the average price of which was 40 roubles per pood, thus 
giving 8,000 roubles per dessetine. As the average holding of the peasant is now 
6 dessetines, the sum earned as an average would probably be from 40,000 to 50,000 
roubles per year. These prices were inducing the peasant to cultivate land which 
formerly was lying fallow. This may even cause a real and permanent improvement 
in methods of cultivation of land hitherto worked in a most primitive manner, as the 
peasantry are now demanding and buying good agricultural implements. 

The State of the Transport. 

Transport both by rail and water was still disorganised, but, as the railways had 
their own separate organisations, which were more or less independent of the Central 
Soviet, matters were not as bad as in other branches of industry. There was a 
shortage of fuel, which consisted largely of timber and of lubricating oil, and there 
was still an enormous amount of railway stock lying unrepaired. 

The tramway services in Moscow and Petrograd had been decreased to one-fourth 
of the normal service owing to want of fuel. Motor transport, however, was being 
utilised without restriction, especially by the members of the many Soviets and their 
various organisations. It was stated that the stock of petrol in Moscow in August was 
roughly 50,000 poods. The river service on the Volga was practically suspended 
during the summer owing to the river being in the war zone. This greatly 
encumbered the already overworked railways. 

Recent Legislation. 

All lands, buildings, machinery, &c, were now nationalised, without any 
compensation being paid to the former owners. The result has been an utter 
deadlock, all private enterprise being killed. Money is being hidden to an enormous 
extent, the absence of which is being made good as quickly as ever possible by the 
Soviet's printing presses ; private printing establishments being taken over for this 
purpose. It is estimated that the quantity of paper currency in circulation is now over 
30,000,000,000 roubles, roughly 100 times the present gold reserve. A great quantity 
of false money is also being printed and being brought into circulation, especially the 
20 and and 40 rouble note varieties. All private trading is being taken over by the 
Government and the stocks are being confiscated. 

Gold articles over a certain weight are confiscated, with the result that same have 
disappeared, being hidden by the owners. The system of education has been ntirely 
altered. All religious instruction has been abolished, and in its place a form of State 
Socialistic instruction substituted. The peasantry now refuse to send their children to 
the State schools and they remain without education. Clothing, such ar> winter 
overcoats, belonging to private people are being confiscated for the benefit of the Red 
Army. Xo man is supposed to possess more than one suit of clothes, two changes of 
linen, or two pairs of boots ; anything above this is requisitioned for so-called State 
purposes. All furniture is nationalised. 

Political Conditions. 

Throughout the districts occupied or administered by the Soviet Government 
90 per cent, of the population is against the administration, and probably not more 
than 5 per cent, actively support the same. This 5 per cent, consists of returned 
political refugees, mostly non-Russian in race, members of the many committees, 
commissariats, and Government's Departments, Red Army recruits, who are receiving- 
high wages, and a certain number of fanatics, mostly young, of both sexes. The 
remaining 5 per cent, support the Soviets simply owing to the fact that they are 
dependent on them for a living. Also amongst these there are a certain number who 
are working for the purpose of getting acquainted with the organisations. This element 
could be depended upon to give valuable help in the event of a counter-revolution. 
Feeling is very bitter amongst all classes of the working population and peasantry, 
but these people are now so terrified, and, in the case of the town-bred working- 
population, so weakened physically, as to preclude any possibility of a rising against 
the ruling power for the present. Regarding the form of Government which the 
people desired, the majority, especially amongst the peasantry, wish a monarchy. 
From carefully-noted inquiries of peasants and workpeople I found that DO per cent, 
were of this opinion. 

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Report by Mr'. G. — , who left Petrograd in November, 1918. 

When we turn from the general aims of the Bolshevik policy to the actual situation 
in the big cities, as Petrograd and Moscow at the time when I left, it could he summed 
up in one word — famine. As regards Petrograd, its population now has come down to 
908,000, whereas in 1916 it was estimated at 2,500,000 to 2,600,000 people. Two-thirds 
of the population have been able to escape to other parts of the country, and the 
one-third remaining is reduced to starvation. The prices for food have risen to such 
an extent that all the principal commodities are out of the reach of the buyer. The 
amount of food which is allowed by rations is in itself absolutely insufficient to keep up 
life, and then it is hardly regularly received ; sometimes bread is not received for two 
days consecutively. Besides, it must not be forgotten that the Russian population is 
divided into four classes, the educated and capitalist class being put into the third and 
fourth category, receiving three or four times less than the workmen and other classes, who 
are in the first and respectable category. Even the workman who gets four times more 
than others cannot live on his ration, and must buy bread and other commodities in an 
underhand way, the open sale of them being forbidden. In order to give an instance, 
I wish just to say that an egg cost when I left, six roubles ; a bottle of milk, six 
or seven roubles ; a pound of bread, fourteen to seventeen roubles. The class which 
is the best fed is the Red Army and the Bolshevik officers. 

The foreign press has, as I understand, published some details about the 
September massacres in Petrograd, when more than one thousand men were shot in 
Kronstadt and at the Peter-Paul Fortress indiscriminately, without any trial, not even 
the pretence of a court-martial ; shot, or drowned, as was the case with Father 
Ornatsky, the well-known priest of the Kazan Cathedral in Petrograd, who was 
drowned with his two young sons, who were officers, along with many others. Whereas 
the shooting in big towns has during the last months decreased owing to Lenin's 
personal dislike of Red terrorism, it is continuing in the provinces, where priests, 
landowners, physicians, rich merchants, lawyers, are indiscriminately shot in cold 
blood, without any trial and without any reason besides a general pretext of being 
counter-revolutionists. Arrests and domestic searches are going on as before. There 
are some thousands of men and women starving in the prisons of Petrograd — professors 
of universities, eminent lawyers, priests, generals, officers, ladies of society, 
bankers, &c. There are towns and districts where all the priests who have to wear 
their hair long in accordance with religious custom now have been forced to have it 
cut short. In other towns churches have been desecrated and bishops arrested 
or shot. 

A special measure, in order to complete the humiliation of the bourgeoisie, is 
compulsorily forced labour, to which all the bourgeoisie men and women are liable, 
and which consists in men from '10 to 60 being sent on all sorts of jobs, discharging 
of coal, cleaning water-closets in the soldiers' barracks, digging graves in cemeteries, 
removing cholera stricken patients, &c. ; and for the women being obliged to wash 
the dirty linen of the barracks, or other like jobs for a month. In case of the women 
with delicate health, and of elderly men, death from exposure or severe illness after a 
week or two of such labour, which is usually conducted under the most humiliating 
conditions, is not seldom. 

Under the conditions which I have outlined above it is not, astonishing that 
disaffection is growing, and it must be said that it is growing in all classes of the 
population. It is evident that the attitude of the educated classes against Bolshevism 
is one of impotent hatred. The news given out by Bolshevik employees that 
the intellectual and bourgeoisie classes have allied themselves with the Bolsheviks 
is a deliberate falsehood. It is true that thousands upon thousands of these 
people have been induced to work under the Bolsheviks to accept some salaried 
situation with the government, but in respect to the working classes it must be 
borne in mind that the industrial working man has practically disappeared. 
Bolshevism has ruined Russian industry. The great bulk of the big factories, work- 
shops, or mills do not work for a great many months, for want of raw materials. The 
workmen received from the State full pay for some time, but afterwards had to choose 
either to return to the villages or to enlist in the Red Army, and in most cases they did 
the latter. The small artisan is starving to death, which explains his anti-Bolshevik 
attitude. There remains the peasant, far away in his village, rich with paper money 
and bread, which he does not want to give away, but the Bolsheviks are sending 


armed expeditions to steal bread, which they want to feed the Red Army. 
The shooting of peasants every day by the Red Guards coming down for bread 
is an e very-day feature. Revolutions have broken out, and nearly everywhere they 
are being quelled with blood. When we ask ourselves who are the classes who support 
the Bolsheviks, the answer would be that they consist of the people who are fed and 
paid by the Bolsheviks, the Red Army, and the not less numerous army of paid 
Government officials. All of them are paid more and fed better than the population 
amongst whom they live, and, with the present food conditions, it is not astonishing 
that they stick to the Bolsheviks. The Red Army and the numerous army of different 
commissioners have also an unlimited opportunity of plundering the peaceful 
population, of which they avail themselves to an extent which, in the small provincial 
towns in the country, is simply terrifying, and which brings around the Bolsheviks all 
the lowest classes of the population. On the other hand, it must not be forgotten that 
Bolshevism had for many years its best recruits from among the young workmen of 
big factories, who, as stated above, have now enlisted in the Red Army, and who form 
the Socialist nucleus of the State. 

All political parties are declared to be outside the pale of the law, as counter- 
revolutionary, and the old Socialist parties, if they try to make public opposition to the 
Bolshevist tyranny, fare no better than the Liberal parties. Especially the Socialist- 
Revolutionary party is subject to the most violent and bloody persecution. Under 
these circumstances, can it astonish anyone that public opinion, terrorised by imprison- 
ment and numberless executions, remains dumb ? 

It must not be forgotten that the Bolsheviks have formed small committees of the 
so-called poorest peasants in each village, who are armed with rifles, and often machine 
guns, and who, being representative of the proletariat, have to exercise the dictatorship 
of the people over the village bourgeoisie, making up the majority of peasants. The 
well-to-do peasant is thus completely excluded from any public activity, and is kept 
terrorised by these committees, which in many cases are composed of the worst 
elements of the village, drunkards, ex-convicts, &c. Further, it cannot be doubted 
that the Russian people are worn out by the war and by the revolution, and that the 
love of peace which was always a permanent feature of its national character has been 
enhanced and has developed itself into an attitude of dumb suffering. 

The impartial reader of the Bolshevist press, and it must be taken into considera- 
tion that there does not exist any press with the exception of the official one now in 
Russia, can read in these official papers every day articles and information about local 
revolts which happen daily in various parts of the country, mostly villages where the 
peasants rise in an entirely unorganised way against the power of the Soviet. In the 
second part of November such revolts have taken place in nearly all the districts of the 
Government of Moscow, and were suppressed mercilessly by the Red Army, composed 
to a considerable extent of Chinese and Letts. 

As regards food distribution, it is admitted even by the Bolsheviks that in no 
department of Government is there so much corruption as among the numberless 
officials who control the food administration. The organisation of the food distribution 
is, of course, mainly governed by the fact that there is scarcely any food to be 

Russian industry is dead for the moment, and the Russian industrial workman 
has ceased to exist as a class for the time being. It is an extremely curious feature of 
the Russian Revolution that a movement which has proclaimed itself as social and 
democratic has achieved in the first instance total destruction of those social groups 
on which a social democratic organisation is mainly based, the class of the industrial 
workmen. All factories, all the important Ones with a few exceptions of those who are 
still engaged on munition work, are stopped, and the industrial workman had either to 
return to the village with which he had no more ties in common or to enlist in the 
Red Army. The younger generation of the workmen, men of 19 to 26 years, have to 
a great extent chosen the second alternative, and it is they who form the Bolshevik 
nucleus of the Red Army. To speak of the growing success of the management of 
industrial concerns by Soviet is an absolute misrepresentation. It would be sufficient 
in order to disprove this statement to cite the instance of the most important factories 
and works in Petrograd, Moscow and Mshny, where factories which engaged usually 
many thousands occupy now a few hundred men. 

As regards Petrograd, the number of executions is usually taken at 1,300, though 

the Bolsheviks admitted only 500, but then they do not take into account many 

hundreds of officers, former civil servants and private individuals, who were shot in 

Kronstadt, and in the Peter and Paul Fortress in Petrograd, without any special order 

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from the Central authorities, by the discretion of the local Soviet ; 400 were shot during 
one night in Kronstadt alone ; three big graves were dug in the courtyard and the 400 
placed before it, then they were shot one after another. 

The Extraordinary Commission of Petrograd had on the orders of the day of one 
of their sittings the question of the application of torture. It is common knowledge 
that the unfortunate Jewish student who killed Britozsky was tortured three or four 
times before his execution. 

The Oboukhoff works were, in their majority, supporters of the Social Revolutionary 
party, or of other moderate socialist organisations. They summoned a meeting of the 
workmen at which, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution was carried insisting upon 
the Bolsheviks putting an end to the civil war. and reconstructing the Government on lines 
which would admit the participation of all socialistic parties. The Bolsheviks answered 
with a general lock-out of the workmen and the closing of the Oboukhoff works. 

The population is everywhere divided into four classes for purposes of rationing, 
the middle and "parasitic" classes, being in the third and fourth divisions, 
getting one-quarter or one-eighth of the rations accorded to the workmen and the 
clerks, but even these rations remain mostly on paper, as there is not food enough to 
give them. 


Report by Colonel Kimens, Acting British Vice-Consul at Petrograd, dated 

November 12. 

There have been no arrests of British subjects during the last few weeks, but they 
are exposed to continual humiliations, ill-treatments, and hardships, and are suffering 
great financial losses. Practically no difference is being made now between Russians 
and foreigners ; they have to do forced labour ; the flats are requisitioned, and 
occupants obliged to leave them at a few days' notice ; the furniture may not be 
removed, as it has been declared national property, and clothes and provisions, above a 
small minimum, are confiscated. 

The state of affairs in Russia is becoming daily more critical, and the reign of 
terror is assuming proportions which seem quite impossible, and are incompatible with 
all ideas of humanity and civilisation. . Government, properly speaking, has ceased 
to exist in Russia, and the only work done by the Soviet authorities is inciting of class 
hatred, requisitioning and confiscation of property, and destruction of absolutely every- 
thing, and world propaganda of Bolshevism. All freedom of word and action has 
been suppressed ; the country is being ruled by an autocrac}* which is infinitely worse 
than that of the old regime ; justice does not exist, and every act on the part of persons 
not belonging to the " proletariat " is interpreted as counter-revolutionary and punished 
by imprisonment, and in many cases execution, without giving the unfortunate victim 
a chance of defending himself in a tribunal, as sentences are passed ^without trial. 

The whole legislation of the country is done by decrees, which are published by 
the central Soviet authorities at Moscow and the northern commune at Petrograd, and 
are supposed to be enforced everywhere, but in reality this remains only on paper and 
the local authorities obey only such orders from which they can derive a personal 
profit, and ignore all others. The chaos has gone so far that the central authorities are 
no longer obeyed, and as a result of it every province has become a state in a state. 
Anarchy is rampant everywhere, villages rise against villages, peasants against 
peasants, and the country is entering upon an era of open interior warfare, so that if 
this state of things is allowed to continue only the fittest will survive. 

The prima facie reason of this state of affairs is the expropriation of landed 
property, and the subsequent abolition of all other property. This is the root of the 
whole evil which has brought Russia to the present condition. 

The first step taken in this direction was the expropriation of landed property 
belonging to the peasants, followed by the nationalisation of town property and houses. 
In December 1917 the banks were seized, and soon afterwards began the nationalisation 
of works and factories. Now all furniture is being confiscated, and people are allowed 
to have only a small quantity of clothes. The nationalisation of trade which has now 
been decreed will be the final death-blow to life and Russia's productive power will 
come to an end. 

This policy of the Soviet authorities can be easily explained, and is quite logical 
from,: their point of view. Their one object is to overthrow the existing order of 
things and capitalism, first in Russia and after wards., in all other, countries, and in 


order to attain this end all methods are admissible as long as the masses remain 
satisfied. The expropriation of land has led to a very considerable decrease of crops, 
the nationalisation of factories to a standstill of industry, the seizure of the banks to a 
complete cessation of money circulation, and the nationalisation of trade to a deadlock 
in that branch of the economic life of the country, so that nothing is being produced, 
and there the system of the present policy of confiscation will be applied on an 
increasing scale, as the dissatisfaction of the masses cannot be admitted and the 
popularity of the authorities must be kept up. 

It is obvious that the present rulers of Russia realise that this state of things 
cannot continue indefinitely, and that it is impossible to rule a country on confiscation 
and on a steadily increasing issue of paper money, which amounts at present to 
3 milliards of roubles. The intention of the Government is to rule on these lines as long- 
as possible, and afterwards to carry it on in other neighbouring countries, and as there 
are strong Bolshevik tendencies in Poland, the Ukraine, the Baltic Provinces, and in 
Finland, the danger is very great indeed that Bolshevism will spread in those countries. 
In that case it will be impossible to stop the movement which presents a danger to the 
civilisation of the whole world. 

No. 12. 

Mr. Lindley to Mr. Balfour. — [Received November 28.) 

(Telegraphic.) Archangel, November 27, 191b. 

I VENTURE to lay the following considerations before you : — 

There is nothing new in Bolshevik ideas of society. They were expressed in the 
sixties of last century by a certain Bakunin, commonly considered an anarchist. An 
exact description of them may be found on page 319 of volume II, 1905 edition, of 
Sir W. Wallace's work entitled " Russia." The book Lenin has written on the subject 
can add nothing essential to that description. It seems clear that no Government as at 
present constituted can safely have dealings with body of persons whose object is to 
overturn interests of Governments, especially those whose broad democratic base 
makes them most solid, and who have shown that no agreements they make will be 
allowed to stand in their way. Recent imprisonment of Persian Minister at Moscow 
because certain brigands from Turkestan have very properly been incarcerated by 
Persian Government, is an instance of the kind of difficulty any Government having 
dealings with Bolsheviks must be prepared to face at any moment. 

Principal reason why Bolsheviks have lasted so long is their unlimited supply of 
paper money, and I venture to recommend particular attention be paid to this side 
of the problem. This paper money enables them not only to pay their way in Russia 
but to build up credits abroad, which are to be used to produce chaos in every civilised 
country. It is the first time in history that an anarchist society has unlimited 

I am absolutely convinced nothing is to be gained by having dealings with 
Bolsheviks. Over and over again they have shown themselves devoid of all scruples, 
and if it is inconvenient to punish their crimes and rid the world of them by force, 
the only alternative consistent with self-respect is to treat them like pariahs. 

No, 13. 

Sir C. Eliot to Mr. Balfour. — (Received November 30.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, November 29, 1918. 

. 'TELEGRAMS from vice-consul at Ekaterinburg state that officials are now coming 
tojthe conclusion that the Empress and her children were murdered in or near 
Ekaterinburg at the same time as the Emperor. Rest of evidence does not seem strong 
but dates may be significant. Emperor was murdered on the night of 16th July, and 
Grand Duke Serge, together with Princes mentioned in my telegram of 4th November,* 
were murdered at Alapaevsk on 1 8th July. It is hence supposed that murderers went from 
Ekaterinburg to Alapaevsk. At Alapaevsk their intention was clearly to exterminate 

* See No. 9. 
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Imperial family, and it is feared they were actuated by same motive as at Ekaterinburg. 
At Tobolsk the victims were driven some distance out of the town and thrown into a 
pit. It is supposed that something of the same kind was done at Ekaterinburg, and it 
is possible that Empress and her children were taken a few miles by rail, which would 
account for idea that they were removed elsewhere. 

No. 14. 

Lord Kilmarnock to Mr. Balfour. — (Received December 6.) 

Sir, Copenhagen, November 27, 1918. 

I HAVE the honour to report that Mr. D ', director of a Petrograd 

Manufacturing Company, who has under his charge about 4,000 Russian 
workmen, and who is well acquainted with their views, called at His Majesty's Legation 
and stated that the position in Petrograd was as follows : — 

In his opinion some 90 per cent, of the soldiers of the Red Guard are disaffected, 
and would desert the moment a well-organised force appeared if it were properly 
provided with supplies of food. The Guard consists largely of men who have become 
soldiers in order to escape starvation, and there is no revolutionary enthusiasm 
among them. 

When he left Petrograd on the 16th instant the situation as regards food had 
improved slightly, but deaths from starvation were still a constant occurrence, 
especially among the intellectuals and those placed in unfavoured categories. The 
improvement was due to larger supplies of potatoes and vegetables arriving. from the 
country. Flour, however, was still very scarce, only the soldiers and workmen could 
get bread. Horses were being slain, partly in order to provide food, partly because 
there was no fodder with which to feed them. 

The transport difficulties in Petrograd were getting worse, and it was almost 
impossible to move the small quantities of rye and potatoes which reached the stations 
of the capital. The charge for a cab, which used to be 60 kopecks, was now 100 roubles, 

and Mr. D who used to pay 10 roubles for the transport of a load of wood to his 

factory had now to pay 300 roubles. There was hardly any benzine for automobiles. 
The city was still lighted, but the scarcity of fuel was very acute. 

Mr. D 's factory had not been nationalised, and owing to the stocks of raw 

materials which had been accumulated, the workmen, about 4,000, were still able to 
turn out about 7,000 pairs of shoes a day. Very few other factories, however, were 
working owing to the lack of raw material. 

The power of the Bolsheviks has greatly diminished during the last six months, 
and the peasants in the villages round Petrograd were hostile to them, largely because 
their supplies were being commandeered by the soldiers. Though a small force would 
be sufficient to overthrow the Bolshevik rule, it would take a long time to establish 
order in the country, as the authorities had either disappeared or been killed, and the 
people had lost the habit of obedience. 

Men were being shot every day, and the political terrorism continued. 

The Red Guard had sent a notice to the Council of Workmen in Mr. D 's factory, 

which had been shown to him in confidence by a faithful workman. It was worded as 
follows : — 

" If there is anybody in the administration of the factory who is undesirable, 
please inform us." 

And shortly afterwards two of his secretaries were arrested and imprisoned. Later 
they were released, but one at any rate will not recover from the hardships he endured 
in prison. 

Three brothers named Stolyrow, who had a factory in the neighbourhood, had 
been denounced because they had been rough with their workmen, and had been shot. 

Zinoviev (Apfelbaum) w r as still supreme in Petrograd, and he still exercised a 
brutal reign of terror. 

Mr. 1) thought that the Bolsheviks were not contemplating an attack on Fin- 
land, as they were afraid of the Finnish army, but an attack on the Baltic provinces 
was likely, as the Bolsheviks desired to obtain food supplies and hoped to find supplies 
of potatoes, corn, &c, in Esthonia and Lettland. 

I have, &c. 



No. 15. 

Memorandum on Conditions in Moscoio by a British subject, who left Moscow 

on December 1. 

THE economic and social conditions in Moscow are in a state of chaos. 

All trade and commerce— except illicit trading which is still carried on by the 
Jews — is at a complete standstill. The shops, even the smallest, are either closed or 
on the point of being closed, and all the places of business also. 

On account of the fuel scarcity the compression of the people in such houses as 
can be heated was becoming greater and greater. I was reduced from five rooms to 
one room, and was threatened with a further reduction. 

Nothing was supposed to be obtainable except on the card system, and very little 
on that ; clothing, boots, &c, were practically unobtainable, and even galoshes, so 
necessary in Russia, could hardly be got. Food without cards was still procurable at 
fabulous! prices, but was every day getting scarcer. Milk was 5 roubles* per glass ; 
sugar, 50 roubles per pound ; butter, 80 roubles per pound ; tea, 125 roubles per 
pound ; coffee, 100 roubles per pound ; black flour, 10 roubles per pound. 

This is not because there is a serious dearth of these foodstuffs — on the contrary, 
there is plenty of everything (except perhaps coffee) in the country, but because the 
Bolsheviks will not allow it to be brought into Moscow. They have divided the 
people into four categories— and only the two lowest, consisting of workpeople and 
employees of the Soviet, can get enough to live on, the other two are meant to starve, 
The different centrals, like the sugar central, the tea central, and the textile central, 
were in a state of helpless, hopeless chaos. Full of employees who had little or 
nothing to do — only half heated, and with huge queues of waiting people who cannot 
get the information, &c, they want. 

The stability of the Soviet did not appear to me to be very great. It depended 
entirely on the well-paid Lettish battalions. Certainly the mass of the workpeople and 
peasants was not behind it. Many of the people working for it were only doing so to 
preserve themselves from starvation. 

It was estimated that the Red Army consisted of about 200,000 fighting men. 
Many more were being drilled — but so little dependence was placed on them that they 
were not entrusted with arms. Meetings of workmen to discuss the mobilisation order 
openly decided to comply with it, because it was the easiest way of procuring food and 
clothing, but to decline to fight. 

Great difficulty was encountered in getting regiments to leave Moscow for the 
front, and on many occasions trains intended to convey such troops were delayed for 
days. It was only by means of heavy disbursements that men were eventually induced 
to leave. It was reported that Moscow was almost denuded of troops and artillery. 
I was told that there were no guns for the Pskoff front, all having been sent south. 

There is no actual food famine in Russia ; on the contrary, there are enormous 
stocks of foodstuffs which could be spared for the rest of Europe. There is a famine, 
however, in articles of clothing and agricultural implements. Outside of Moscow and 
Petrograd, and, perhaps, some other centres, food was procurable at comparatively 
moderate prices, and in exchange for textile products even at really low prices. It is 
the disorganisation in the transport service, and the shortness of goods which the 
peasants need, coupled with the decrees of the Bolsheviks, which have brought about 
the present shortage of foodstuffs in certain localities. 

I don't know what is the signification of the terms " Red " and " Cold " terrors. 

All I can say is that the number of people who have been coldly done to death in 
Moscow is enormous. Many thousands have been shot, but lately those condemned to 
death were hung instead, and that in the most brutal manner. They were taken out 
in batches in the early hours of the morning to a place on the outskirts of the town, 
stripped to their shirts, and then hung one by one by being drawn up at the end of a 
rope until their feet were a few inches from the ground and then left to die. The 
work was done by Mongolian soldiers. Shooting was too noisy and not sure enough. 
Men have crawled away after a volley, and others have been buried while still alive. 
I was told in Stockholm by one of the representatives of the Esthonian Government 
that 150 Russian officers who were taken prisoners at Pskoff by the Red Guards were 
given over to the Mongolian soldiers, who sawed them in pieces. 

* 1 Rouble = (nominally) 2srl\d. 

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No. 16. 

Mr Alston to Mr Balfour. — (Received January 4.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January 2, 1919. 

I HAVE derived following information, which may be considered authentic, with 
regard to position in Moscow, partly from the Vladivostock press, and partly from 
persons having connections there : — 

With the exception of the Bolsheviks, the whole population is terrorised almost to a 
point of physical paralysis and imbecility. Slender supplies of even the simplest food are 
only to be had when, the watch of the Bolshevik guard weakens, and three-quarters of 
the people are slowly starving to death. At the expense of the poor, hoarders see their 
chance to realise enormous profits. Throughout the daylight hours, long queues wait 
to try to get half-pound of tea, potatoes, or a bit of fish. Tea may be anything up to 
100 roubles per pound, coarse black bread varies from 15 to 20 roubles per pound, 
according to the section of the town in which it is sold, and sugar is 50 roubles a 
pound, when obtainable. A second-hand suit of clothes costs anything up to 
1^,000 roubles, and a pair of boots 800 roubles. Horseflesh is the mainstay of the 
population at present, but even supplies of that are fast dwindling. Five hundred 
hostages were taken to Kronstadt for reprisals, soon after attempted assassination of 
Lenin, and these were subjected to most horrible tortures. The people often prefer to 
starve rather than risk torture at the hands of Chinese and Lettish hooligans who form 
" militia " on streets, and cower in their cellars, numbed with cold. To avoid extermina- 
tion, the " intellectuals ' have largely gone into the service of Bolsheviks. Their 
wages are insignificant if compared even with the camp followers of Bolshevik garrisons, 
who, at any rate, get fed fairly regularly. 

All officers were ordered in July to report to Alexandrovsky school to be registered. 
About 20,000 appeared, and were shut up for three days without air, food, or sleep. 
Many went mad, and Lettish and Chinese guard mercilessly bayonetted those who 
attempted to escape when they were finally let out. 

Residents in area round Butirsky prison abandoned their houses owing to the 
numerous executions of " counter-revolutionary intellectuals." 

Every day typhoid and tuberculosis are increasing, and ordinary population are 
quite unable to procure medical supplies even at the most outrageous prices. 

Infants have been nationalised and become property of State upon attaining the age 
of eighteen. 

As Petrograd has ceased to be the Bolshevik headquarters, military situation there 
is better. In spite of this, after the murder of Uritsky, the Bolshevik commissary, the 
town virtually ran with blood. Owing to there being less food even than in Moscow, 
the death roll from disease is much higher. This is also due to the fact that, without 
being buried, corpses of horses, dogs, and human beings lie about in the streets. 

Cholera took very heavy toll in summer, as all the canals are polluted with 
decomposed bodies of men and animals. 

Things are considerably better on Viborg side, but although Bolsheviks get food 
themselves, they take good care that none gets to the bourgeoisie from Finland side. 

It may be considered that whole population of Petrograd is virtually insane, if not 
hunger-stricken, and, unlike the people in Moscow, who have suffered less, it is 
unable to appreciate possibility of utter extermination of educated elements. To release 
and provide food for themselves and their armies, Bolsheviks will be forced ultimately 
to kill off the greater portion of population. In any of big towns, as at Petrograd, 
Moscow, and Kursk, a horrible massacre is possible at any moment. 

No. 17. 

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received January 4.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January o, 1919. 

ALTHOUGH I am sure it has not escaped your notice, I venture to draw your 
attention to a feature in situation, when considering future policy in Russia. 

There will be serious shortage of foodstuffs in Europe so long as the fields of 
Russia are unproductive, or their produce is unable to be exported, as Russia is the 
principal granary of Europe and supplies all the contiguous States with the bulk of 
their imported cereals. 


During present winter it is practically certain that, owing to disorganisation 
brought about by efforts of Lenin and Trotsky, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of 
Russians will perish from starvation. The 1919 harvests will amount only to a fraction 
of pre-war productions if there is no marked improvement of internal situation before 
early spring. The Allies and other nations, will find themselves morally bound to 
export foodstuffs to Russia to avert a catastrophe during present winter, instead of 
importing foodstuffs from Russia during winter of 1919-1920. Certain parties in 
Allied countries represent military intervention as forcible repression of working 
classes at instigation of capitalists, and not merely as an effort to restore order and 
render Russia once more self-supporting. Of course this is what Bolsheviks maintain, 
and they justify their excesses and atrocities on the pretext that they are engaged in a 
struggle against capitalism abroad and at home. Their deluded followers support 
them, not because they believe this, but because Bolsheviks control food supplies, and 
alternative to joining them is starvation. The fact that alternative is starvation will 
soon be plain to neutral countries. For a few months population may subsist on 
plunder and devastation, but the result is inevitable when all creative and productive 
enterprise is at a standstill, Currency has been wrecked, all industries have been 
destroyed, and labour has been encouraged to believe that instead of working to obtain 
livelihood, there are easier methods of obtaining it. The whole country will be 
suffering from disorganisation of currency and transport, unless more energetic 
measures are adopted for restoration of order, and it will be impossible to produce 
harvests adequate for population. 

Intervention on a larger scale than hitherto attempted would therefore seem 
necessary if the situation is to be saved before the next harvests are sown. 

It is absurd to pretend that effective military intervention would be an espousal of 
cause of capitalism against labour and an act of oppression. Destruction and 
production are the forces opposed, not capitalism and labour. It seems to be the duty 
of the Allies, not only to themselves, but to humanity, to restore order in Russia. 

No. 18. 

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received January 6.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock. January 5, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from British consul, Ekaterinburg, of 3rd January : — 

" Have just returned from Perm after taken by Siberian Army under General 
Peplief. Tremendous booty was captured, including 4,000 waggons, 260 locomotives, 
70 per cent, of which working condition ; 30,000 prisoners, 50 guns, 10 armcured 
cars, great number automobiles, and other material not yet counted. Part of 4,000 
waggons captured full every conceivable domestic material stolen from shops and 
inhabitants, loaded for evacuation by Bolsheviks. Bridge across Kama intact. From 
interviews, local authorities and inhabitants, would appear that Bolsheviks subjected 
inhabitants to horrible repressions and cruelties, especially after attempt Lenin's life. 
Have examined witnesses who found bodies of their relatives killed by bayonet wounds, 
faces wearing marks boot nails ; no bullet marks found on these bodies. Instruments 
used for torturing victims also found. No data available regarding number people 
killed ; number educated people enquiring for missing male relatives stated by 
authorities as being very great. Educated population during last three months have 
been practically starving, food allowances only being given to people employed by 
Bolsheviks. Food supply of Bolsheviks, however, not great, one pound bad bread 
being allowed daily for workmen. Taking of Perm has great economic significance." 

No. 19. 

Major N. E. Reilly, I. A., Assistant Political Agent, Chitral, to the Honourable the 
Chief Commissioner, 'North-Western Frontier Province. 

(Extract.) ^ Chitral, January 7, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to report that a party of Russian refugees has arrived at 

I understand that they have sought British protection as, expecting the arrival of 
a Bolshevik commissioner at Kharog, they considered their lives to be in danger. 


The Bolsheviks are stated to have bayonetted the brother and nephew of Captain 
Chkapsky, whilst I also understood from Captain Besobrazor that all his family had 
been murdered by Bolsheviks at Tashkent. 

They state that the Bolsheviks are destroying everything, and that at Tashkent the 
daily allowance had been reduced to ^ lb. (Russian) of bread per head. 

No. 20. 

General Poole to War Office. — (Received January 9.) 

(Telegraphic.) January 8, 1919. 

THE Bolsheviks are now employing gangs of Chinese for the purpose of 
killing officers and deserters Peasants have been killed by these gangs for refusing 
to comply with, requisitioning decrees, and even the families of officers serving here 
have been murdered. The above is based on authentic information. 

No. 21. 

General Poole to War Office. — (Received January 12.) 

(Telegraphic.) January 11, 1919. 

FROM intercepted radios and leaflets it is clear that, to allay hostility abroad, 
Bolsheviks are conducting double campaign. Leaflets are distributed among German 
troops, while decrees which are not intended to be put into force, and appeals are 
radioed to Berlin, which show Bolsheviks in sufficiently liberal light to bring them 
into line with. German Socialists. Appeals to unite and force world-wide revolution 
are made at the same time to proletariats. It is manifest from numerous deserters and 
refugees from Central Russia efforts to destroy social and economic life of country have 
not abated. There is evidence to show that commissariats of free love have been 
established in several towns, and respectable women flogged for refusing to yield. 
Decree for nationalisation of women has been put into force, and several experiments 
made to nationalise children. I trust His Majesty's Government will not allow Peace 
Conference to be influenced by Bolshevik presentation of their case abroad, as their 
.action at home is diametrically opposed to this. 

No. 22. 

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received January 15.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January 14, 1919. 

I HAVE received following from consul at Ekaterinburg, dated the 13th 
January : — 

"The number of innocent civilians brutally murdered in Ural towns run into 
hundreds. Officers taken prisoners by Bolsheviks here had their shoulder straps nailed 
into their shoulders, girls have been raped, some of the civilians have been found with 
their eyes pierced out, others without noses, whilst twenty-five priests were shot at 
Perm, Bishop Andronick having been buried alive there. 

"I have been promised the total number of killed and other details, when 

No. 23. 

General Knox to War Office. — (Received January 16.) 

(Telegraphic.) Omsk, January 15, 1919. 

AN officer has just returned from a few days' visit to Perm. Before the revolution 
he was employed at Perm. He states that he arrived there on the 28th December. 
The town was captured by the Bolsheviks on the 24th, and they fed no one except 
those in their employ. He says he was unable to recognise his old acquaintances, as 
their cheeks were sunken,, their faces were yellow, and they looked like palsied old men. 


The Bolsheviks have raised a battalion of 700 officers, but they will have to be fed for 
several weeks before they are in a condition to fight. Starvation will, he says, claim 
half the population of the towns before June if Bolshevism is not stamped out in 
Russia. The peasants hate the Bolsheviks owing to constant requisitions, but they are 
better off. The peasants will only sow sufficient for their own needs for next harvest. He 
is of opinion that Bolsheviks will not be suppressed without the use of outside force, as 
anti-Bolshevik classes are too enfeebled by hunger to make any effort. There 
are of course numerous murders. There was one commissary who used to have a 
dozen prisoners out every night, and before loading by ball-cartridge, made the firing- 
party snap their rifles at them ten or a dozen times. As the educated workmen have 
been taken away by the Bolsheviks, the chances of the factories producing anything for 
several months is negligible. It is difficult to bring coal from the Ural mountains, as 
the bridges over the Chusovbravaya. east of Perm, have been destroyed. Is it possible 
that public opinion in Allied countries will allow Bolsheviks to continue this wholesale 
murder ? They will, moreover, increase in strength as Russians have to serve them or 
starve. This matter is not one that only concerns Russia, as the food supply of the 
world is affected. 

No. 24. 
Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. — (Received January 20.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January 18, 1919. 

I HAVE been given following information by member of Red Cross Mission, 

Dr T , who has just returned to Vladivostock from the neighbourhood of 

Perm. He says that for rank barbarous brutality, the horrors which he has witnessed 
of Bolshevik legacies in the localities Avhich they evacuated, the tortures and 
mutilations performed on wounded and others before death, baffle description. Even 
ferocity of Turks in Armenia cannot be compared with what is now being done in 
Russia by Bolsheviks. 

Dr. T understands the Russian point of view, as he has been in actual 

contact with Bolshevism. 

When I asked him to furnish more precise details, he told me it was difficult to 
furnish the dates, exact spots, names, &c. The report from Ekaterinburg of brutal 
murder of hundreds of innocent civilians at Perm, of mutilation of priests, and of 
tortures, such as of officers having their shoulder straps nailed into their shoulders 
is, however, absolutely confirmed by him. 

_ Dr. T found on battlefield during fighting in Usuri district in July, 1918 

bodies of Czech soldiers in frightful state of mutilation, their private parts cut off, their 
heads cut open, their faces slashed, their eyes gouged out, and their tongues cut out. 
A doctor of H.M S. " Suffolk " attended four of such cases, which were brought to 
Vladivostock for official investigation. These mutilations were inflicted before death, 
according to verdict given. 

The local representative of Czech National Council, Dr. Girsa, and his assistant, 
state that over a year ago hundreds of officers were shot at Kief, when Bolsheviks 
captured that city. Premier Rodzianko was shot, and massacre of Prince Yashuisen 
was brutal murder. In the face of bitterest cold these men were taken from their 
homes and thrown into automobiles and carts, and, except for their caps, were made 
to strip naked. _ In the biting cold they were forced for hours to stand in line, and 
Bolshevik soldiers were given liberty of shooting them in groups or singly, as it 
pleased their fancy. 

Dr. Girsa was surgeon in civilian hospital No. 12 at this time. This hospital was 
crowded with patients on account of the ruthless manner in which the Bolsheviks 
were attacking the more educated classes and the officers in the city of Kief. It was 
necessary to hide officers in closets, even when mortally wounded, to prevent* 
Bolsheviks coming in and taking them out to be shot in the streets. 

Many seriously wounded were taken from Kief hospitals and -ruthlessly murdered 
in the streets. Bolsheviks forced into the streets and shot men with abdominal 
wounds, broken limbs, and grave injuries in other parts of their bodies. He recollects 
seeing officers being eaten by dogs in the streets of Kief. Wife of Dr. Girsa's assistant 
herself saw an automobile load of frozen bodies of dead officers being carried through 
the streets to a dumping ground outside the town. 

These men were forced out of their homes in the middle of the night, hospital 


beds were emptied, patients who were seriously ill were ruthlessly slaughtered, and 
men shot without mercy and without trial. 

A surgeon in the employment of the lied Gross in Vladivostock verified these 
accounts. He himself saw such crimes, and fled from the vicinity of Moscow m terror 
with his wife. Photographs of murdered civilians were shown me. 

No. 25. 

Colonel Wade to British Peace Conference Commission, Paris, and Foreign Office. 

(Telegraphic.) Warsaw, January 19, 1919. 

NUMBER of Corean and Chinese units is reported to be increasing by persons 
arriving from Ukraine and Soviet Russia. Sole object of these units is plunder, as 
they are merely bandits and not a regular army. Gravity of situation created by this 
new development cannot be sufficiently emphasised. 

No. 26. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. — (Received January 25.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January 23, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from High Commissioner : — 

" Following statements respecting Bolsheviks in Perm and neighbourhood are 
taken from reports sent by His Majesty's consul at Ekaterinburg. The Omsk 
Government have similar information : — 

" The Bolsheviks can no longer be described as a political party holding extreme 
communistic view. The,y form relatively small privileged class which is able to 
terrorise the rest of the population because it has a monopoly both of arms and of food 
supplies. This class consists chiefly of workmen and soldiers, and included a large 
non-Russian element, such as Letts and Esthonians and Jews ; the latter are specially 
numerous in higher posts. Members of this class are allowed complete licence, and 
commit crime against other sections of society. 

" The army is well disciplined, as a most strict system especially is applied to it. 

"It is generally said that officers are forced to serve because their families are 
detained as hostages. The population of Perm was rationed, and non-Bolsheviks 
received only \ lb. of bread a day. 

" The peasantry suffered less, but were forbidden under pain of death to sell food 
to any but Bolsheviks. 

" The churches were closed, for many priests w r ere killed, and a bishop was buried 

" This and other barbarous punishments, such as dipping people in rivers till they 
were frozen to death. Those condemned to be shot were led out several times and 
fired at with blank cartridges, never knowing when the real execution would take place. 
Many other atrocities are reported. 

' The Bolsheviks apparently were guilty of wholesale murder in Perm, and it 
is certain that they had begun to operate a plan of systematic extermination. On a 
lamp above a building were the words : ' Only those who fight shall eat.' " 

No. 27. 

Lord Kilmarnock to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 1.) 

My Lord, Copenhagen, January 21, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to report that a reliable Danish engineer, employed in the 
Ryabusinsky factory near Moscow, who has travelled considerably in Russia lately, and 
who left Petrograd on the 11th instant, reports that there is a growing tendency 
on the part of the Central Committees to disregard the local committees and to absorb 
all the power. Though the Bolshevik regime was more hated than ever, resistance from 
inside was less strong, and as nearly^ the whole population was suffering from starvation 
the people were physically incapable of throwing off the yoke of the oppressors. My 


informant stated that recently, in connection with arranging a credit for his factory, he 
had to deal with the committees, and he was surprised to find how largely they were 
recruited from former officers, directors of factories, &c, and he said that every day 
there were fewer people who refused to serve the Red Guard. The hostility between 
the soldiers and the peasants was less acute as the stocks of the latter were now 
exhausted and they no longer feared the arbitrary requisitions of the guards. Only 
the smaller peasants were admitted to the committees. 

The Chinese guard in Petrograd numbered about 5,000, and discipline in the 
Bolshevik army was severer than ever before and executions as numerous. Peasants 
were being mobilised, but as they resisted, they were always distributed in several 
regiments so that there should be no large focus of discontent in any particular 

His own factory, which had been nationalised, was still working and 6,000 
workmen were employed. Though there were still a few Bolsheviks among them, 
the majority had gradually seceded and had given up their belief in Bolshevism. As 
the factory owned a forest they were still able to get fuel, and shoddy goods were 
turned out, which were handed over to the Central, but my informant states that they 
were not sold, but were added to the stocks of goods collected by the Central. His 
factory was one of the few that were still working as, owing to lack of raw materials 
and especially of fuel, one after another had been obliged to close down. A passenger 
train ran daily between Petrograd and Moscow'and a few goods trains, but owing to 
lack of fuel it was stated that this service would be further curtailed. 

As regards food conditions, the situation was getting worse day by day, and in 
Petrograd the majority of persons were living on ^-lb. of oats a day. The Red Guards 
were better off, as they could still obtain small quantities of tea, sugar, and bread, but 
even for the highest prices other people could not get food. 

Transport difficulties increased day by day as there were hardly any horses left in 
Petrograd, and innumerable formalities had to be gone through before a parcel could be 
taken from a shop or a store. All transport without a permit was prohibited. 

The food question dominates all others. 

I have, &c. 


No. 28. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 3.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 1, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from High Commissioner, 30th January : — 

" Consul at Ekaterinburg has forwarded a report from Military Investigation 
Commission at Verkhoturie in Northern Urals to following effect :— 

" British workman, Alexander Smith, was arrested and kept in prison at Verkhoturie 
by Bolshevik authorities from 30th September to 12th October, 1918, on which latter 
day he was shot. Order for imprisonment contained no charge, and Commission state 
that they believe that he was arrested solely because he was a British subject. 

" When Government troops occupied Verkhoturie on 16th October they found 
body outside the town ' in a mutilated condition,' and gave it ceremonious burial. 

" I hear that Bolsheviks killed two British subjects at Perm. Names unknown."" 

No. 29. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 3.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 2, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from High Commissioner 31st January : — 

'Following details respecting Bolshevik regime at Lisva, a town of 30,000 

inhabitants between Ekaterinburg and Perm, were given to me by Mr. T , a 

British subject, who was there until 17th December, when the town was taken. 

" Life was tolerable until July. A system of rations was in force before Bolsheviks 
came into power, and was not at first abused. 

No. 30. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Gurzon. — (Received February 6.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 4, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from consul at Ekaterinburg, dated 1st February : — 

" According to information received from General Staff here, prisoners returning 
from Germany via Vyatka report armed revolt of peasants of Vyatka district against 
Bolshevik mobilisation. Not only revolters themselves suffered death penalty for 
revolting, but also their whole families." 

No. 31. 
Interviews with Mr. A. and Mr. B., who left. Moscow on January 21, 1919. 

Mr. A. and Mr. B., two British subjects who left Moscow on the 21st January, 
were interviewed at the Foreign Office on the 10th February about present conditions 
in Moscow. 

Mr. B., who was a teacher in a Moscow secondary school, the ' practical 
academy," gave the following information about conditions in the school in which he 
taught. This school was typical of many others. 

Each class has its committee, and as a rule the most popular boy is chosen to 
represent the others at the masters' meetings. The objects of the committees are : 
(1) To control the masters ; (2) to arrange about the distribution of food, all the boys 
and girls in the school being given a mid-day meal. This is, as a matter of fact, the 
only reason that they go to school at all. 

Both boys and girls are herded together, and there is no semblance of morality. 
The entire absence of discipline in this connection is having an extremely bad effect on 
the coming generation. In the classes all semblance of discipline has been destroyed. 
The children do exactly as they like, sometimes walking out in the middle of a lesson. 
This is especially the case in the lesson before the mid-day meal, as they are all anxious 
to get the first places. No punishments, no home-work and no marks are allowed. 
The attendance is abominable, the children coming and going just as they think fit. 


' Terrorism began after attempt on Lenin in July. Considerable number of 
people were shot in Lisva and other towns Jor no apparent reason. Persons were 
arrested and had to bail themselves out often several times, and often under threats 
of death. Orders were received to arrest all foreigners, especially British and French. 
Mr. T ■ was able to hide, and was only under arrest for a short time. 

"In the town there were 25 commissioners and 1,000 smaller officials. They 
drew 6,000,000 roubles salary, occupied houses of the upper and middle classes, and 
had plenty of provisions, as had also the soldiers. 

" Non-Bolsheviks had ^-pound of bread per day. 

; ' He thought wholesale murder or bodily torture was the exception, but he 
confirmed reports of people being led out to be shot several times. Many people Avent 
mad under this and similar mental agony. 

" Churches were not closed, but soldiers were forbidden attendance, and bells were 
not rung. Only civil marriages were permitted. He had heard nothing about 
nationalization of women. 

" Army was well disciplined, and he believes it is still formidable. Officers forced 
to serve in it did not seem to mind their position as much as might be expected. 
Soldiers were allowed to loot freely. When Lisva was evacuated 1,800 prisoners were 
removed to Perm. 

" Considered as a machine for executing its own purposes, he thought Bolshevik 
administration efficient and energetic. There was a regular service of trains 
between Urals and European Russia, but only Bolshevik officers could have passenger 
car, others travelling in trucks. 

" Peasantry were against Bolsheviks because they were subject to unnecessary 
requisitions, whereas workmen had much higher wages and did much less work 
than formerly. 

" Mr. T said that we ought not to treat with them as a political party, and 

that he believed conditions of life in Petrograd and Moscow were terrible, and much 
worse than in Eastern Russia." 


It is impossible to keep order, and the classes are simply like a bear-garden. If a master 
does not happen to be popular, the boys turn him out. Sometimes a master may go to 
a class to give a lesson, only to find the boys holding a committee meeting which must 
not be disturbed. 

At Kolomna, between Moscow and Kazan, a boy aged 18 was appointed commissar 
of the whole school, being in charge of all the teachers. On one occasion he closed the 
school for a whole week because one of the masters gave a boy a bad mark. 

The universities suffer from the same lack of discipline. Any boy of 16 years of 
age is entitled to enter the university without showing any certificate, so that even if a 
boy is unable to read or write, he can still enter the university. 

The Bolsheviks have advertised far and wide the benefits of the new proletarian 
culture. The above facts throw an interesting light on the way it works in practice. 

Mr. A., who is a Moscow man, gave the following information about : (l) the 
" terror " ; (2) conditions in factories with which he was acquainted ; (3) the shops in 
Moscow : — 

1. The " Terror." 

Executions still continue in the prisons, though the ordinary people do not hear 
about them. Often during the executions a regimental band plays lively tunes. The 
following account of an execution was given to Mr. A. by a member of one of the 
bands. On one occasion he was playing in the band, and as usual, all the people to be 
executed were brought to the edge of the grave. Their hands and feet were tied 
together so that they would fall forward into the grave. They were then shot through 
the neck by Lettish soldiers. When the last man had been shot the grave was closed 
up, and on this particular occasion the band-man saw the grave moving. Not being 
able to stand the sight of it, he fainted, whereupon the Bolsheviks seized him, saying 
that he was in sympathy with the prisoners. They were on the point of killing him, 
but other members of the band explained that he was really ill, and he was then let 
off. Among the prisoners shot on that occasion was a priest, who asked permission to 
say a prayer before being shot, to which the Bolsheviks replied laconically, " Ne Nado" 
(It is not necessary). 

2. Conditions in Factories. 

At the principal factory at Kolomna, a town on the Moscow and Kazan Railway, 
there are only about 5,000 workers out of the normal total of 25,000. The factory is 
run by a committee of three — one workman, one engineer, and one director. Here, as 
everywhere, all the workman are discontented and would much prefer the old manage- 
ment. The situation is intolerable. Nobody works and nobody wants to work, while 
the one and only topic of conversation is food. All the people are discontented because 
they have not got enough to eat. 

At Domodedova, near Moscow, the fine-cloth factory was still working before 
Christmas, but the output was estimated at 5 per cent, of the normal. The factory 
was run by a Committee of Workmen, but the owner used to meet the Committee 
occasionally to discuss the working of the factory with them, and to give them advice 
All the workmen were discontented with the way in which the factory was run, and 
most of them wanted the old managers back again. But as long as the Bolsheviks pay 
the men high wages they will stay there, though they do practically no work at all. 
They have to pretend to be Bolshevik, but in reality they are not in sympathy with 
them at all. 

3. Shops in Moscoiv. 

No shops are open at all except the Soviet shops. The Bolsheviks close down 
certain shops, take down the signs, and remove all the material without paying for it. 
They then put up signs of their own announcing the sale of clothing, which they sell at 
twice the price which was charged at the shop from which they took the stuff. No new 
stuff is now being made at all. What is now being sold is entirely old stock. 


No. 32. 
Lord Kilmarnock to Earl Gurzon. 

My Lord, Copenhagen, February 3, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to report that a French gentleman, who left Petrograd 
towards the end of January, has given me the following information as regards the 
situation in Russia: — 

M. F was of opinion that the military and civil power of the Bolsheviks 

had reached its zenith and was already on the decline. The leaders of the movement 
had acquired strength first because they held out prospects of limitless pillaging to 
their followers, and then by reserving for the Red Guard the remaining supplies of 
food. These supplies were now exhausted, and the money which was so lavishly given 
to the Guards could buy nothing. When the workmen were discontented in the past, 
the Bolsheviks had been able to quell disorder by making a distribution of flour, but 
now they could offer nothing to the workmen except depreciated roubles. The lack of 
arms and ammunition was becoming serious, and the frequent desertions, especially of 
the peasant soldiers, had a demoralising effect on the army. , 

The Bolsheviks comprised chiefly Jews and Germans, who were exceedingly active 
and enterprising. The Russians were largely anti- Bolshevik, but were for the most part 
dreamers, incapable of any sustained action, who now, more than ever before, were 
unable to throw off the yoke of their oppressors. Night after night the counter- 
revolutionary Societies held secret meetings to plot against the Bolsheviks, but never 
once was a serious attempt made to carry through the conspiracy. The starving 
condition of the people quite paralysed their will-power. 

The country was in a complete state of anarchy. When Petrograd said "yes," 
Moscow said " no," and neither were able to impose their will on the local Soviets in the 
provinces, though the Soviet at Moscow especially was endeavouring- to establish its 
hold over all the country. There were no newspapers except those printed in Moscow, 
which were full of lies : railway communications were coming to an end, and strikes 
were of frequent occurrence. In Petrograd practically all the factories were idle, and 
in the Moscow district but few were still working ; and as an example of the commercial ' 

apathy into which the country had sunk, M. F mentioned that the famous 

Putilov works had only turned out one engine in a whole month. The committees of 
the poor paralysed all trade, which was further hampered by increasing local jealousies, 
and it was now practically impossible to move goods or fuel from one quarter to 
another, or even from one house to another. The interference of these committees had 
led to such a state that the peasants had refused to bring food in to the cities, but 
preferred to bury their small stocks ; and though lately the situation had slightly 
improved, the position was precarious and he could not see how the population of 
Northern Russia would survive the months of February, March, and April. Fortunately 
the weather had so far been mild, as no fuel was available. He himself had managed to 
live on biscuits and sardines, but when he left Petrograd people had to exist on about 
half a pound of oats a day. At any moment even the supply of oats might be 
exhausted. • 

He said that the Bolshevik leaders felt that their days were numbered, and they 
were trying to introduce into the direction of affairs representatives of the more 
moderate parties, such as the Revolutionary Socialists, and their programme was being 
modified accordingly. The "Terrorism" had lately been less severe, the executions 
fewer, and many of the Red Guards themselves were being shot on account of the 
crimes which they had committed. An effort was being made to carry out the principles 
of " communism" on a more ideal basis, and though there was no effective restraint on 
plundering and thieving on the part of the Red Guards, still it happened now that 
selfish thieves, i.e., thieves who stole and refused to share the booty with the other 

Guards, were shot by their comrades. M. F was quite positive, however, that 

the interesting experiment of introducing " communism " had definitely failed. 

Any regime which could offer food to the people would at ODce gain their support, 
and any regime, however tyrannical and however corrupt, would be milder and more 
honest than the present. 

I have, &c., 



No. 33. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 11.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock February 8, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from consul at Ekaterinburg, 6th February : — 

" From examination of several labourer and peasant witnesses I have evidence to 
the effect that very smallest percentage of this district were pro-Bolshevik, majority of 
labourers sympathising with summoning of Constituent Assembly. Witnesses further 
stated that Bolshevik leaders did not represent Russian working classes, most of them 
being Jews. 

il As a result of refusal of 4,000 labourers near Ekaterinburg to support local 
Bolsheviks many were arrested, and twelve were suffocated alive in slag gas-pit, their 
mutilated bodies being buried afterwards, and ninety peasants taken out of Ekaterinburg 
prison, where they had been thrown because they objected to Bolsheviks requisitioning 
their cattle, &c, were brutally murdered." 

No. 34. 

Sir H. Rumbold to Earl Curzon. 

My Lord, Berne, February 5, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to transmit to your Lordship herewith a copy of a letter 

addressed by Madame X , a Polish lady, from Cracow, to a compatriot at 


Madame X 's letter gives a certain amount of apparently first-hand 

information relative to conditions in the Ukraine, where, according to the writer, the 
Poles have frequently been the victims of appalling outrages. 

I have, &c. 


Enclosure in No. 34. 
Letter from Madame X — 


Dear , . Cracow, January 17, 1919. 

I OFTEN wonder if you and our fellow-countrymen in Switzerland know 
anything about the events which are occurring in the unfortunate parts of our country 
from which we were forced to flee. I imagine very little is known, and yet these 
regions, although far from the centre, are nevertheless in Europe, and are still 
inhabited by civilised people, who are at present in the most terrible state. Their 
property is confiscated and pillaged, their lives are often in danger, and they cannot 
even flee, as their retreat is cut off. 

From October 1917 to February 1918 bands of soldiers and armed peasants 
pillaged and laid waste the whole of Russia and the Ukraine ; all household property 
without exception — farms, gentlemen's places, and buildings of every description — were 
burnt or pulled down, forests cut down, without anyone in authority putting an end to 
this craze for destruction, this is the way the Russian and Ukrainian peasants entered 
into possession of the lands granted them freely by the Bolshevik Government and the 
Ukrainian Government. It is needless to add that nothing escaped being pillaged, not 
even churches and graves being spared. The unfortunate landed proprietors, as well 
the farmers, farm labourers, and workmen in factories took refuge in the towns in an 
attempt to save what they could of their belongings. There pillaging still continued, 
on the plea of carrying out a search. The arrival of the Austro-German armies in 
February 1918 put an end to this craze for robbery and rapine. 

Owners regained possession of their property, of the ruins of their houses and 
farms, and what remained of their forests. There was even mention of a commission 
which would make a valuation of losses suffered and make those responsible pay for 
them. However, in the winter of 1918 the Austro-German armies retreated, and 
a band of bravoes resumed the reins of Government in the Ukraine, and the land 
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became again the prey of peasants' committees, who cannot pillage anything, as the 
country is laid waste and covered with ruins. 

What is happening now is of quite a different nature, and is manifestly anti-Polish. 
Last year it was landed proprietors that were attacked, now they want to destroy 
everything Polish regardless of class distinctions. 

As I am far away and have little news, my information is certainly somewhat 
meagre, and yet the events that I am going to relate to you are true. 

In ' the Proskorow district the peasants burnt M. Stanislas Skibiewski alive after 
torturing him for two days. Two brothers Kostkiewicz, as well as Mme. Malinowska, 
were murdered by peasants. Mme. Marie Mankowska and her son have been 
imprisoned for several weeks, and nobody knows what will happen to them. All the 
prisons are crammed with Poles who are undergoing the most terrible treatment. 
Jerome Sobanski and his son are among the prisoners. 

Fourteen members of Michel Sobanski's Government were frightfully tortured 
before being- killed, and the same fate has befallen the members of Bialo Cerkiew's 
Government. At Brycow seven members of the Grocholscy Government were mutilated 
before being murdered. In Berdiozew district Malaszewski, manager of a factory, and 
Wroczynski, sub-manager, were murdered. In Volhynia the two brothers Plater of 
Dambrovica were burnt alive. At Kamieneo, Alexandre Sadowski has been in prison 
for a long time, and great anxiety is felt for his life. At Czere Paszynce the 
gamekeeper was killed after being frightfully tortured. Catholic priests are exposed 
to every indignity, and their lives are always in danger. At Bazalia during Mass 
seventy people were arrested in church. In the towns Polish and Russian landowners 
are arrested and imprisoned. The peasants in the country come to find them, and the 
prisoners are handed over to them with permission to do what they like with them. 
It is only by means of very heavy ransoms that they manage occasionally to save their 

With regard to your own property, the house and the farmhouses were still 
standing last November. Malejowce is destroyed, and the forests are in a terrible state. 
At Strychowce nothing is left standing; our properties are completely laid waste. 

Petlura's band lias seized the banks as well as the sugar factories, and it is 
impossible to draw any money or shares belonging to companies without first obtaining 
the signature of the peasants' committee. 

It is also said that half the money in the banks belonging to private accounts has 
been confiscated. At any rate, it is quite certain that part of the capital belonging 
to private individuals has been seized at the Union Bank at Kamisnec. 

If public opinion, as voiced by the European press, has denounced and condemned 
the excesses and crimes committed in Belgium, Serbia, and the Duchy of Posen, why 
should the crimes committed by the Bolsheviks and the Ukrainians remain unknown. 
It is the wish of the unfortunate people who ask for the assistance and implore the 
protection of the Allied armies, that France, England, and America should be informed 
of what is going on. 

As Warsaw turns a deaf ear, being too much taken up with its political questions, 
and the Polish armies have enough to do with the Buthenians in Galicia, and cannot 
give any help to people further away, we should like our committees in Switzerland to 
be kept fully informed, and to be able to represent to the French and English press 
how matters stand. It is with this object in view that I write to you and place 
myself at your disposal if more information can be sent which could be published in 
the press. 

No. 35. 

Lord Kilmarnock to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 11.) 

My Lord, Copenhagen, February 6, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to forward herewith a translation of the first official report on 
the atrocities committed by the Bolsheviks in Wesenberg and Dorpat, which has been 
furnished me by the Esthonian representative here. 

I have, &c. 


■~--^^' -• --[in 


Enclosure in No. 35. 
Atrocities Perpetrated by the Bolsheviks in Esthonia. 

In Wesenberg. 

AFTER the Esthonian troops had reconquered the town of Wesenberg from the 
Bolsheviks, the graves of those murdered by the latter during their short period of 
"terrorism" were opened on the 17th January, 1019. The following officials 
were present : Town Governor, Aren ; President of the District Administration, Hr. 
Juhkam ; Deputy Mayor, Jakobson ; Militia Commandant, Klitt ; Assistant Militia 
Commandant, Tenneberg ; Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wiren ; and the previous 
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Utt. 

The vicinity of the graves of the victims to the Red Terror showed with what 
brutal roughness the Bolsheviks had executed their victims. Everywhere was to be 
seen congealed blood amongst which tattered pieces of cap, bits of clothing, brains, 
and fragments of skull with hair could be distinguished. In the first grave sixteen 
bodies were found, which were later photographed. Among these the following were 
identified : Army doctor, Dr. Reinik ; the Greek Catholic priest, Sergei Filorenski ; 
ambulance soldier, Ellenberg, of Reval ; the local merchant, Gustav Bock ; Tonis 
Podra, of Gut Uhtna ; a railway official, Tonu Poiklik, of Wesenberg ; Ferdinand Tops, 
from the parish of Undle ; Rudolf Rost, ambulance soldier, of Tudulinne ; Eduard 
Sepp, of the Estate Welsi ; and the shoemaker Kolk, of Wesenberg. Sixteen victims 
were also in the other grave. The following were recognised : Heinrich Mikker, of 
Kunda ; Joh. Ed. Jarw, of Gem Kiiti ; Juri Juhkam, of the parish of Roela ; Hugo 
Lang, of the parish of Kiiti ; Josep Koovits, of Kunda ; Harriette von Miihlen, of the 
Tudu Estate ; Walter Pauker, the clergyman of Wesenberg ; Gustav Sone, from 
the parish of Kiiti ; von Hesse, an official of Wesenberg ; Peter Sakkar, from Kunda ; 
Arthur Sulto, from Kunda ; Jakob Raja, forester from the Estate of Lobu ; Hugo 
Rannaberg, from the parish of Kiiti. 

The third and largest of the graves was opened on the 18th January. It was 
4 metres long and 2 metres deep, and filled to the top with corpses. " Fifty bodies 
were found here, among whom the following were recognised : Rudolf Peets, of 
Laekwere ; Carl Erde, of Haljala ; Daniel Sellow, a merchant of Laekwere ; Jean 
Rebane, from the village of Assanalls ; Johannes Lomberg, of Ambla ; Hindrick 
Roosilill, from the Tape Estate ; Eduard Walow, of Wesenberg ; Gustav Koolmann, 
of Walnupea ; Mihkel Klein, from the parish of Kiiti ; August Marton, from Malla ; 
Dr. Morits Ling, from Kunda ; Siim Magi, of Malla ; Juri Kuller, from the Inju 
Estate ; Johannes Marton, from Malla : Konrad Preisberg, of Ambla ; Ernst Klein, 
from the parish of Kiiti ; Karl Paas, of Kuline ; Arthur Waan, soldier of the Militia, 
from the parish of Wihula ; Juri Lemming, of Ambla ; Willen Pudermann, of Rahkla ; 
Karl Knauf, proprietor of Nomkula ; Karl Pudel, from Rahkla ; Johannes Schmitnar, 
tenant of the Tapa Estate ; Frau van Rehekampf, of Wesenberg ; August Paas, of 
Kulina ; Luna Liimann, of the parish of Aaspere ; Jeannette, Baroness Wrangel, of 
W^esenberg; Frau von Samson, of Wesenberg; Leopold Aron, head of the Post 
Stage of Wesenberg ; Jaan Paas, of Kulina ; railway official Older, of: St. Piissi ; 
Mihkel Marton, of Malla ; Juri Magi, of Inju; Feodar Niimm, of Osol ; Bernh. Wold 
Lessel, of Wesenberg ; Masik, soldier of the people's army from the Government of 
Twer ; J. Heinrich Grauberg, of Rahkla ; Priidik Wilder, of Lakwere ; Julius Kiitsel, 
of Laekwere ; Marta Afanasjewa, Sister of Mercy, of Kunda ; Marie Kirsch, of 
Wesenberg. v . 

All the bodies showed signs of the rage and revenge of the Bolsheviks. The 
victims were all robbed of everything except their linen, -their boots also having been 
taken. The Bolsheviks had shattered the skulls of thirty-three of the bodies, so that the 
heads hung like bits of wood on the trunks. As well as being shot, most of the 
murdered had been pierced with bayonets, the entrails torn out, and the bones of the 
arm and leg broken. 

How the victims were executed by the Bolsheviks is described by one of these 
unfortunates, Proprietor A. Munstrum, who managed to save himself by a miracle : — 

' On the afternoon of the 11th January, fifty-six of us were led to the place of execution, 
where the grave was already made. Half of us, including six women, were placed at 
the edge of the grave. The women were to be killed first, as their cries were so 
heartrending the murderers could not listen to them any longer. One woman tried to 
escape, but did not get far. They fired a volley, and she sank to the ground wounded. 
Then the Bolsheviks dragged her by the feet into the grave. Five of the murderers 
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sprang after her, shot at her, and stamped on her body with their feet till she was 
silent. Then a further volley was fired at the other victims. In the same way they were 
thrown into the graves and done to death with butt-ends and bayonets. After which 
the murderers once more stamped on the bodies " 

In Dorpat. 

Also in Dorpat the Bolsheviks committed the same kind of atrocities as in 
Wesenberg. On Christmas evening the well-known Director of Fisheries, Zoological 
Student Max von zur Muhlen, was murdered. 

On the 26th December the following persons were shot : Mihkel Kiis, Alex Lepp, 
Alexander Aland, and Karl Soo. 

On the 9th January the Bolsheviks murdered the following persons : August Meos, 
Abram Schreiber, Woldemar Rasta, butcher Beer Stark, Baron Paul von Tiesenhausen, 
Woldemar and Johann Ottas, Mikhel Kure, Friedrich Pass, Bruno von Samson- 
Himmelstjerna, Harald von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Gustav von Samson-Himmelstjerna, 
goldsmith Rudolf Kipasto. 

All these persons were dragged to the Embach River and shot down. The dead 
bodies were put into the river through ice-holes. Later, when the Esthonian troops 
had reconquered Dorpat, sixteen of these victims of the Red Terror were found in the 
Embach. As could be ascertained from the bodies, these victims had been tortured in 
the most dreadful manner. Many had arms and legs broken, the skull knocked in, &c. 
It was evident that Karl Soo, who was shot on the 26th December, had suffered most 
of all. The Bolsheviks had put out his eyes. • On the 14th January, shortly before 
they were driven out by the Esthonian troops, the Bolsheviks killed twenty of their 
prisoners. After an official enquiry it was ascertained that this bloody deed took 
place in the following manner : The poor unfortunates, over 200 in number, who were 
kept in the Credit-system Bank and the police station, had to stand in a row. The 
names of the victims were then called out. They were robbed of their clothes, boots, 
and valuables, and led to the cellar of the Credit-sj^stem Bank, where the 
Bolsheviks, with hatchet blows, shattered their skulls. In this manner the 
above-mentioned, approximately twenty persons, were murdered, and only the hasty 
flight of the Red Guard from the Esthonian troops saved the remaining prisoners,, 
among whom were from sixty to eighty women. Otherwise they would have been 
done to death in the same way. Among the bodies of the murdered the following 
were recognised : Archbishop Platon, Recording Clerk Michael Bleiwe, of the Unspenski 
Church ; the grey-headed clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Georgs-Church ; 
Priest Nikoli Beshanitzki, Professor and University clergyman Dr. Traugott Hahn, 
Hermann von Samson-Himmelstjerna, of Kawershof ; Heinrich von Krasse, owner of 
Rewold ; Banker Arnold von Tidebohl, Herbert von Schrenk, Baron Konstant von 
Knorring, Pastor Wilhelm Schwartz, Councillor Gustav Tensmann, Councillor Gustav 
Seeland, Merchant Surman Kaplan, Master Potter Ado Luik, Merchant Harry Vogel, 
Merchant Massal, and co-worker of "Postimees," Karner. 

Dr. Wolfgang, of Reyher, who shortly after the murders — the bodies were still 
warm — examined the above-mentioned cellar of the Credit-system Bank, and reports 
the following with regard to the appearance of the room where this foul deed took 
place : The floor of the whole room was covered with bodies, piled one upon the other 
in most unnatural positions, which could only be attributable to a violent death. In 
the middle the bodies were in three layers, wearing only underclothing. Nearly all had 
shots in the head, which had been received recently, because in a few cases the skull had 
been totally shattered, and in one case the skull hung by a thread- Some bodies 
showed signs of several shots. All was thick with blood, also on the bed and on the 
walls congealed masses of blood and pieces of skull were to be seen. I counted twenty- 
three bodies, but it was easy to make a mistake, as it was difficult to recognise 
individual bodies in the heap. Not a bit of the floor was clear, so that I had to trample 
over bodies to reach others. The search for a sign of life was in vain. 

After a later examination of the bodies, it was found that Bishop Platon had a 
bullet in the brain over the right eye, and death had been instantaneous. The left 
side of Priest Bleiwe'sface had been shattered from the blow of an axe. The Bolshevik 
executioner's axe had hit Priest Bjeschanitzki in the middle of his face. From these 
blows the faces of both priests were so mutilated as to be almost beyond recognition. 
Both the arms and the head of Vicar Schwartz were hacked off. The Bolsheviks had 
nailed an officer's shoulder straps firmly to his shoulders. All the bodies and the 
cellar where they lay have been photographed. 


No. 36. 
Mr. Alston to Earl Gurzon. — {Received February 12.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 11, 1919. 

I HAVE received the following statement from a British consular official, who was 
at Ekaterinburg in September, 1918, regarding the situation in that town during 
Bolshevik regime, from 1917 until the end of 1918, when town was relieved by 
Czechs :— 

Bolsheviks ruthlessly " nationalised " all property during first four or five months, 
including British firms, like Contutshtim, Syssert, &c, and they made constant demands 
on all moneyed merchant classes for huge contributions, with penalty of arrest and confis- 
cation of all belongings unless paid promptly. Businesses of all kinds, banks, and 
houses were either placed under control of labour elements or nationalised, and to 
such a low level were industry and manufacture reduced that they practically came 
to a standstill. Systematic searches of houses and private individuals took place 
daily, and gold and silver ornaments, and even spare clothes, were taken without 
compensation, and merchants who attempted to resist or evade constant decrees from 
local Soviet were immediately arrested. Robberies and murders were frequent, law 
and order were at very low ebb, and almost complete anarchy reigned. A local consular 
corps was formed in March, 1918, consisting of consuls and representatives of some 
dozen different nationalities to act as an intermediary between Bolshevik Soviet and 
subjects of foreign Powers, owing to the molestation of foreign subjects. 

All public meetings were suppressed, and, with the exception of the daily official 
organ of the Bolsheviks, no papers or printed matter could be published. 

Czech movement on ( )msk began towards the end of May. We were in a state 
of siege from the end of May to the 25th July, when Bolsheviks finally evacuated the 
town and Czechs marched in. Bolshevik terrorism succeeded Bolshevik despotism. 
Having publicly announced their intention of making " red terror " as dreadful as 
possible, they arrested hundreds of private citizens as hostages for the sole reason that 
they belonged to so-called bourgeoisie and "Intelligentsia." Hotels and private 
residences were requisitioned to accommodate these hostages, as prisons were full of 
them ; under armed bands of Red Guards scores were taken to the front to do work for 
" Proletariat Army," and dig trenches. Without semblance of a trial, many of them 
were shot during June and July. A. placard on the walls of one of the gates which 
was reprinted in Bolshevik paper the following day, was the first intimation we had of 
this. This proclamation gave names of nineteen citizen hostages who had been shot, 
amongst whom were the member of a well-known engineering firm, Mr. Fadyef, and 
the manager of Syssert Company (an English undertaking), Mr. Makronosoef. The 
rest were mostly peaceful hard-working, merchants and mostly well-known persons. 
Eight more were shot a few days later, amongst them being the son of a wealthy flour- 
miller, Mr. Markarow. Number of bodies, amounting, I believe, to sixty or more, were 
discovered after Czechs took the town. Subsequently it was discovered that they were 
shot in the most cruel manner, just like animals in woods, and some of them were 
undoubtedly left to die on the ground, as no pains were taken to discover whether their 
wounds were mortal or not. It was alleged by Bolsheviks that to prevent any counter- 
revolutionary movement in the town it was necessary to terrorise population in this 
manner. Consular corps were informed roughly that Bolsheviks would allow no inter- 
ference, when they protested against these wholesale assassinations. Although they 
vigorously denied it, Bolsheviks began to evacuate Ekaterinburg about the middle of 
July. One of their leaders publicly stated that if they were obliged to leave the town 
they would massacre a thousand citizens. 

Three days before they finally left Ekaterinburg, Bolsheviks announced at a public 
meeting on 25th December, that they had recently shot the Emperor. Their system of 
espionage was very perfect, and during whole of their regime nobody dared to utter a 
word that might be construed into anti-Bolshevism, as they were liable to be 
immediately arrested and shot. 

In addition to the above-mentioned horrors we were always anticipating an out- 
break of typhus, cholera or other epidemic, as everything was in a state of unutterable 
filth, no attempts being made to clean buildings, offices, streets, railway stations or 

Everybody appeared dejected and depressed, and decent and cleanly dressed 
people were seldom seen in the streets. 

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Bolshevik evacuation was most thoroughly carried out, and it is estimated that 
they took with them over 4,000,000,000 roubles worth of platinum, gold, stores and 
monev. There is no doubt that there would have been a great manv more murders if 
they had not been so busily engaged in this plunder, but owing to rapid advance of 
Czechs, they were forced to hasten their departure. 

There will be wholesale massacres of moneyed and merchant classes if Bolsheviks 
succeed in retaking Ekaterinburg. 

No. 37. 
Notes on Interviews with Mr. C. and Mr. D., February 13, 1919. 

Mr. C. and Mr. D. were interviewed this morning in the Foreign Office. 
They both left Petrograd on the 17th January. Mr. C. was manager of a big 
firm in Petrograd, and was in prison three and a half months. 

In the cities the cry of the Bolsheviks has been "the proletariat against the 
bourgeoisie" though as most of the big capitalists got away, it has really been the 
oppression of the de-bourgeoisie and the intelligent workmen by the dregs of the 

1. The Villages. 

In the villages poverty committees, composed of peasants without land and of 
hooligans returned from the towns, have been set against the peasant proprietor. Local 
government has been handed over to these poverty committees, and they take from the 
peasant proprietor his produce, implements, and live-stock, retaining what they need 
themselves and forwarding the remainder to the towns. The peasant will not give grain 
to the Bolsheviks because he hates them, and hopes by this means to destroy them 
eventually. He is armed and united. It is for this reason that armed requisitioning 
companies are sent out everywhere from Petrograd and Moscow to help the poverty 
committees to take the grain from the peasant, and every day all over Russia such 
fights for grain are fought to a finish till either the peasants or the requisitioning party 
are wiped out. During my stay in prison I met and talked to dozens of peasant 
proprietors arrested on the charge of counter-revolution. In my escape across the 
frontier I slept in two peasants' cabins, and although they were living under the worst 
conditions, so poor that fourteen people lived and slept in a cabin a few yards square, 
they cursed the Bolsheviks with tears in their eyes. One of the latest decrees only 
allows a peasant to have one cow and one horse for every five members of his family. 
The peasant proprietors, who probably will one day be the strongest party in the future 
Russia, are anti-Bolshevik to a man. 

2. Red Army. 

No more satisfied are the soldiers. In fact the only troops the Bolsheviks can 
trust are the Lettish, Chinese, and a few battalions of sailors. They give them 
250 roubles a month, all found, together with presents of gold watches and chains 
requisitioned from the bourgeoisie. Newly conscripted troops are not given rifles in 
Petrograd, except a few in each regiment for the purposes of instruction. They are 
only handed out to them at the front. For any military offence there is only one 
punishment — -death. Executions are done mostly by the Chinese. If a regiment 
retreats against orders machine-guns are turned on them, and if the commissar of the 
regiment cannot thus hold his men he is shot. All the soldiers I spoke to, even those 
acting as our guards at the prison, cursed their fate at being compelled to serve, the 
only alternative being death from hunger or execution as deserters. Nearly all openly 
expressed the hope that the British would soon come and put an end to it all. 

3 Workmen. 

The position of the workmen is no better. At first the eight-hour day with high 
minimum wages greatly pleased them, but as time went on they found that owing to 
increased cost of living, they were little, if any, better off. Their wages were increased, 
but a vicious circle was soon set up on which their wage increases were utterly unable 
to keep up with the high cost of living. Reduction of output further increased the cost. 


At the Petrograd wagon works the pre-Bolshevik cost of passenger cars was 16,000 
to 17,000 roubles; it is now 100,000 to 120,000. At Government works, where 
the Bolsheviks would be most likely to expsct support, intense dissatisfaction 
exists. An official warning was issued to the workmen of the Putilof works through the 
official newspaper, stating that during a period of several weeks fires, explosions, and 
break-downs had regularly occurred, which could only be put down to traitors to the 
cause, who, when caught, would be shot. 

4. Bourgeoisie. 

The position of the bourgeoisie denes all description. All who employ labour 
down to a servant girl, or an errand boy, or anyone whose wants are provided for 
ahead, that is, all who do not live from hand to mouth, are considered under Bolshevism 
as bourgeoisie. All newspapers except the Bolshevik ones have been closed, and their 
plant and property confiscated. New decrees by the- dozen are printed daily in the 
press, no other notification being given. Non-observance of any decree means confis- 
cation of all property. All Governmeut securities have been annulled and all others 
confiscated. Safe deposits have been opened, and all gold and silver articles confiscated. 
All plants and factories have been nationalised, as also the cinemas and theatres. This 
nationalisation or municipalisation means to the unhappy owner confiscation, since no 
payment is ever made. Payments by the banks from current or deposit accounts have 
been stopped. It is forbidden to sell furniture or to move it from one house to another 
without permission. Persons living in houses containing more rooms than they have 
members of their families have poor families billeted in the other rooms, the furniture 
in these rooms remaining for the use of the families billeted there. Hundreds of houses 
have been requisitioned for official or semi-official use, and thousands of unhappy 
residents have been turned out on the streets at an hour's notice with permission to 
take with them only the clothes they stood in, together with one change of linen. 
Houses are controlled by a poverty committee, composed of the poorest residents of 
the house. These committees have the right to take and distribute amongst themselves 
from the occupiers of the flats all furniture they consider in excess. They also act as 
Bolshevik agents, giving information as to movements. A special tax was levied on all 
house property amounting practically to the full value of the same. Failure to pay in 
fourteen days resulted in municipalisation of property. All owners and managers of 
works, offices, and shops, as well as members of the leisured classes, have been called up 
for compulsory labour, first for the burial of cholera and typhus victims, and later for 
cleaning the streets, &c. All goods lying at the custom house warehouses have been 
seized and first mortgaged to the Government Bank for 100,000,000 roubles. Any 
fortunate owner of these goods, which were not finally confiscated, had the possibility of 
obtaining them on payment of the mortgage. All furniture and furs stored away have 
been confiscated. Ail hotels, restaurants, provision shops, and most other shops, are 
now closed after having had their stocks and inventories confiscated. Just before we 
left a new tax was brought out, the extraordinary Revolutionary Tax. In the 
Government newspapers there were printed daily lists of people, street by street, 
district by district, with the amount they must pay into the Government bank within 
fourteen days on pain of confiscation of all property. The amounts, I noticed, ranged 
from 2,000 roubles to 15,000,000. It is impossible to imagine how these sums can 
be paid. 

5. Food Question. 

The food question in Petrograd has gone from bad to worse. Elaborate food cards 
are given out each month covering all kinds of products, but for months past nothing 
has been given out on them except bread, which has for the last few weeks consisted 
of unmilled oats. There are now only three categories of food cards, the first being 
for heavy workers, the second for workers, and the third for non-workers. The last 
time bread was given out the daily allowance on card one was half-a-pound, on card 
two quarter-pound, and on card three one-eight pound. Hundreds of people are 
dying weekly from hunger, which first causes acute swelling of the features. Many 
have managed to get away, so that the present population is probably not more 
than 600,000. Wholesale starvation has only been prevented by the large, illicit 
trade done in provisions by what are known as sack-men, who travel by rail or 
road from the village with food in sacks. Butter is now 80 roubles a pound ; beef 
25 roubles; pork 50 roubles; black bread 25 roubles ; and eggs 5 roubles each. Dog- 
meat costs 5 roubles a pound, and horse-meat 18 roubles. Houses with central heating 
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are no longer heated owing to lack of ooal. The amount of wood that formerly cost 
7 roubles, now costs 450, and only enough can be obtained for one room. Restaurants 
have all been confiscated and turned into communal kitchens, where the sole menu 
lately has been soup consisting of water with a few potatoes in it, and a herring. 

6. Oppression of Socialist Parties. 

The political parties which have been most oppressed by the Bolsheviks are the 
Socialists, Social Democrats, and Social Revolutionaries. Owing to bribery and 
corruption — those notorious evils of the old regime which are now multiplied under 
Bolshevism — capitalists were able to get their money from the banks and their securities 
from safe deposits, and managed to get away. On the other hand, many members of 
Liberal and Socialist parties who have worked all their time for the revolution, have 
been arrested or shot by the Bolsheviks. In prison I met a Social Democrat who had 
been imprisoned for eleven years in Schlusselberg Fortress as a political offender. 
Released at the beginning of the Revolution he was within eighteen months imprisoned 
by the Bolsheviks as a counter-revolutionary. 

7. Hoiu do the Bolsheviks Continue to hold Power ? 

They continue to hold power by a system' of terrorism and tyranny that has 
never before been heard of. This is centred at Gorokovaya 2, under the title of the 
Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution, Speculation, and 
Sabotage. Originally under the direction of Yourelski, it confined its operations to 
dealing with offences under these headings, but after his death it came out frankly as 
an instrument of the Red Terror, and since then its operations make the history of the 
French Reign of Terror, or the Spanish Inquisition, appear mild by comparison. People 
were arrested wholesale, not merely on individual orders on information received from 
spies, but literally wholesale — people arrested in the streets, theatres, cafes, every day 
in hundreds, and conveyed to Gorokovaya 2. There their names and other details were 
entered up, and next day in parties of a hundred or so marched to one or another of the 
prisons, whilst their unhappy relations stood for hours and days in queues endeavouring 
to learn what had become of them. They were kept in prison two, three, or four 
months without any examination or accusation being made. Then some were accused 
and shot, fined, or all property confiscated. Others were allowed to be ransomed by 
their friends, and others released without any explanation. No trial was given. The 
accusation and examination were made together, and the examiner was generally an 
ex -workman, or even criminal. Examination was made in private. Sentence was 
confirmed by a member of the Commission, and that is theonlv trial anyone ever received 
at Gorokovava 2. The climax was reached after the murder of Uritsky — attack on the 
British Embassy, and the Lockhart affair, where hundreds of neople were arrested in various 
parts of the town, mostly officers, who were shot and thrown into the river, bound and 
thrown into the river, or bound, put into barges, and the barges sunk, all without even 
the formality of being taken to Gorokovaya 2. I was in prison from the 19th September 
to the 25th December, and I could pretty well fill a book with my experiences, but I 
will merely give a translation of an article printed in a Bolshevik paper, the "Northern 
Commune," No. 170, dated the 4th December, 1918 : — 

" It is impossible to continue silent. It has constantly been brought to the 
knowledge of the Viborg Soviet (Petrograd) of the terrible state of .affairs existing 
in the city prisons. That people all the time are dying there of hunger : that 
people are detained six and eight months without examination, and that in many 
cases it is impossible to learn why they have been arrested, owing to officials being 
changed, departments closed, and documents lost. In order to confirm, or 
otherwise, these rumours, the Soviet decided to send on the 3rd November a 
commission consisting of the President of the Soviet, the district medicr-1 officer, 
and district military commissar, to visit and report on the 'Crest' prison. 
Comrades ! What they saw and what they heard from the imprisoned is 
impossible to describe. Not only were all rumours confirmed, but conditions were 
actually found much worse than had been stated. I w r as pained and ashamed. I 
myself was imprisoned under Tsardom in that same prison. Then all was clean, 
and prisoners had clean linen twice a month. Now, not cnly are prisoners left 
without clean linen, but many are even without blankets, and, as in the past, for a 
trifling offence they arc placed in solitary confinement in cold, dark cells. But the 



most terrible sights we saw were in the sick bays. Comrades, there we saw living 
dead who hardly had strength enough to whisper their complaints that they were 
dying of hunger. In one word, amongst the sick a corpse had lain for several hours, 
whose neighbour managed to murmur, ' of hunger he died, and soon of hunger we 
shall all die.' Comrades, amongst them are many who are quite young, who wish 
to live and see the sunshine. If we really possess a workmen's government such 
things should not be." 

8. Bolshevik Plcuis for World Revolution. 

Bolshevism in Russia offers to our civilisation no less a menace than did 
Prussianism, and until it is as ruthlessly destroyed we may expect trouble, 
strikes, revolutions everywhere. The German military party are undoubtedly 
working hand in hand with Russian Bolsheviks with the idea of spreading 
Bolshevism ultimately to England, by which time they hope to have got over it 
themselves, and to be in a position to take advantage of our troubles. For Bolshevik 
propaganda unlimited funds are available. No other country can give their secret 
service such a free hand, and the result is that their agents are to be found where least 

No. 38. 
General Knox to War Office. 

(Telegraphic.) Omsk, February 5, 1919. 

WITH regard to the murder of Imperial family at Ekaterinburg, there is further 
evidence to show that there were two parties in the local Soviet, one whicli was 
anxious to save Imperial family, and the latter, headed by five Jews, two of whom 
were determined to have them murdered. These two Jews, by name Vainen and 
Safarof, went with Lenin when he made a journey across Germany. On pretext that 
Russian guard had stolen 70,000 roubles, they were removed from the house between 
the 8th and 12th. The guard were replaced by a house guard of thirteen, consisting 
of ten Letts and three Jews, two of whom were called Laipont and Yurowski, and one 
whose name is not known. The guard was commanded outside the house by a criminal 
called Medoyedof who had been convicted of murder and arson in 1906, and of outraging 
a girl of five in 1911. The prisoners were awakened at 2 a.m., and were told they must 
prepare for a journey. They were called down to the lower room an hour later, and 
Yurowski read out the sentence of the Soviet. When he had finished reading, he said, 
"and so your life has come to an end." The Emperor then said, " I am ready." An 
e}~e-witness, who has since died, said that the Empress and the two eldest 
daughters made the sign of the cross. The massacre was, carried out with 
revolvers. The doctor, Botkine, the maid, the valet, and the cook were 
murdered in this room as well as the seven members of the Imperial family. 
They only spared the life of the cook's nephew, a boy of fourteen. The murderers 
threw the bodies down the shaft of a coal mine, and the same morning orders were 
sent to murder the party at Alapaevsk, which was done. 

No. 39. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. — {Received February 12.) 

Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 10, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from consular officer at Ekaterinburg, 8th February : — - 

" From examination of witnesses of various classes of population following 
evidence obtained : — 

" Bolsheviks persecuted all classes of population not supporting or recognising 
their Government. House searches, requisitions, and arrests were made at all times 
of day; and night on grounds of political necessity, resulting in wholesale pillage. 
Anybody possessing more than 10,000 roubles was forced to dig trenches at front for 


Red Army, where they are under continual menace of death for slightest offence, and 
at mercy of Red Guard, very often consisting of foreigners ; many of these persons 
were murdered. Eighteen peaceful citizens, including priests, doctors, lawyers, 
merchants, and labourers were arrested at Ekaterinburg as_ hostages, and shot without 
any accusations being made against them. Sixty-five citizens from Kamishlof suffered 
same fate. The widows of these people who claimed their husbands' bodies were 
treated with outrageous insult and derision by Bolsheviks. Peasants in Bolshevik 
district who protested against requisition of their cattle and property were thrown into 
prison, and ninety murdered. Peasants also had their houses burnt, as many as 
one hundred being destroyed in one village. Bolshevik leaders in Ekaterinburg led a 
life of luxury entirely in opposition to doctrine they advocated, frequently appropriating 
large sums of money and indulging in drunken orgies. Bribery, corruption, and 
extortion were rife amongst both Bolshevik officials and Red Guard men. Bolsheviks 
particularly oppressed Orthodox clergy and religion. Czech soldiers witnesses give 
evidences that near Khan Bolsheviks crucified father and sisters of man who served in 
national army ; whole families of others in national army were shot. There is 
sufficient information to hand to be able to state that Bolsheviks' crimes in Ekaterinburg 
district are nothing in comparison with number and character of atrocities committed 
in Perm and district." 

No. 40. 

Mr. Alston to Earl Curzon. 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostoch, February 13, 1919. 

Mr. T— — has just arrived here from Ekaterinburg. When at Perm he says he 
lived in same hotel with Grand Duke Michael and Mr. Johnson, his secretary, who 
was a Russian. At 2 a.m. on or about the 16th June he saw four of Perm "militzia " 
or police- take them off, and he is convinced that they were killed. 

Previous reports of Bolshevik excesses at Perm are confirmed by Mr. T 

who says that usual method employed by them in the case of merchants was to arrest 
them, release them, rearrest them, bail them again — amount of bail to be paid increasing 
each time — and to shoot them in the end. 

No. 41. 

Acting Consul Bell to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 13.) 

(Telegraphic.) Helsingfors, February 12, 1919. 

I LEARN on good authority that Grand Dukes Paul Alexandrovitch, Dimitri 
Constatinovitch, Nickolai Michailovitch, Georges Michailovitch, who were all confined 
in Petrograd in prison for preliminary investigation, were removed on 29th January, 
1919, to Peter and Paul fortress where, on the same day, without further investiga- 
tions, they were killed by Red Guards with revolver shots. 

It is said that Princess Palej, widow of the late Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovitch, 
escaped from Petrograd after the murder of the Grand Duke. 

No. 42. 

Consul General Bagge to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 16.) 

(Telegraphic) Odessa, February 13, 1919. 

WIDESPREAD pillage by bands, murder of landowners, even of peasants 
with few acres, has created very grave situation. Seed-grain is largely lacking in conse- 
quence for spring sowing in Ukraine. As these normally cover 70 per cent, of whole 
area, if measures are not taken at once to replace supply from Kuban and elsewhere, 
there will be no cron and consequently terrible famine. This state of things applies to 


peasants as well as large landowners, the majority of whom have had to flee to the 
coast towns. 

The cardinal condition for saving Russia from famine is maintenance of order in 
occupied territory or South Russia. Thousands of peasant landowners, when they have 
moral and some physical support, will be able to cope with bands of robbers under 
whatever names these may act. These peasants further beg that property 
now existing in land be declared inviolable until whole question shall be settled ; 
without this assurance they do not care to risk expense of sowing for, perhaps, another 
to reap. 

The question is very urgent, for work on land in the south begins in three to four 

No. 43. 

Sir 0. Eliot to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 20. 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostoek, February 19, 1919. 

[FOLLOWING from consul at Ekaterinburg : — 

"Desertions from Red Army increasing, and peasants in Bolshevik Russia 
mutinying on mobilisation. Peasant insurrections occurred. Penza Government, 
also Ohansk, and Sizran districts. Mutinies of newly-mobilised troops took place 
at Tambof, Kursk, Kasan, Nijni Novgorod, and other places. 

" According to Russian prisoner returning from Germany, insurrections against 
Bolsheviks took place between Vyatka and Glazof. Thirty Orthodox priests were 
massacred by Bolsheviks at Osa. Five hundred Russian officers returning from 
Germany shot at Menzelinsk." 

No, 44. 

Sir C. Eliot to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 23.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostoek, February 22, 1919. 

FOLLOWING report of 71 Bolshevik victims received from consular officer at 
Ekaterinburg, dated 19th February : — 

" Nos. 1 to 18 Ekaterinburg citizens (first 3 personally known to me) were 
imprisoned without any accusation being made against them, and at four in the morn- 
ing of 29th June were taken (with another, making 19 altogether) to Ekaterinburg 
sewage dump, half mile from Ekaterinburg, and ordered to stand in line alongside of 
newly-dug ditch. Forty armed men in civil clothes, believed to be Communist militia, 
and giving impression of semi-intelligent people, opened fire, killing 18. The 19th, 
Mr. Chistoserdow, miraculously escaped in general confusion. I, together with other 
consuls at Ekaterinburg, protested to Bolsheviks against brutality, to which Bolsheviks 
replied, advising us to mind our own business, stating that they had shot these people 
to avenge death of their comrade, Malishef, killed at front, against Czechs. 

"Nos. 19 and 20 are 2 of 12 labourers arrested for refusing to support Bolshevik 
Government, and on 12th July thrown alive into hole into which hot slag deposits from 
works at Verhisetski near Ekaterinburg. Bodies were identified by fellow labourers. 

"Nos. 21 to 26 were taken as hostages and shot at Kamishlof on 20th July. 

' Nos. 27 to 33, accused of plotting against Bolshevik Government arrested 16th 
December at village of Troitsk, Perm Government. Taken 17th December to station 
Silva, Perm railway, and all decapitated by sword. Evidence shows that victims had 
their necks half cut through from behind, head of No. 29 only hanging on small piece 
of skin. 

! 'Nos. 34 to 36, taken with 8 others beginning of July from camp, where they 
were undergoing trench-digging service for Bolsheviks to spot near Oufalay, about 80 
versts from Ekaterinburg, and murdered by Red Guards with guns and bayonets. 

"Nos. 37 to 58, held in prison at Irbit as hostages, and 26th July murdered by 
gun-shot, those not killed outright being finished off by bayonet. These people were 
shot in small groups, and murder was conducted by sailors and carried out by Letts, all 


of whom were drunk. x4_fter murder, Bolsheviks continued to take ransom money from 
relatives of victims, from whom they concealed crime. 

" No. 59 was shot at village Klevenkinski, Verhotury district, 6th August, being 
accused of agitation against Bolsheviks. 

" No. 60, after being forced to dig his own grave, was shot by Bolsheviks at village 
Mercoushinski, Verhotury district, 13tht July. 

" No. 61 murdered middle of July at Kamenski Works for allowing church bells to 
be sounded contrary to Bolshevik orders, body afterwards found with others in hole 
with head half cut off. 

" No. 62 arrested without accusation, 8th July, at village Ooetski, Kamishlov 
district. Body afterwards found covered with straw and dung, beard torn from face 
with flesh, palms of hands cut out, and skin incised on forehead. 

" No. 63 was killed after much torture (details not given), 27th July, at station 

" No. 67 murdered, 13th August, near village of Mironoffski. 

" No. 68 shot by Bolsheviks before his church at village of Korouffski, Kamishlov 
district, before eyes of villagers, his daughters and son, date not stated. 

" Nos. 69 to 71, killed at Kaslingski works near Kishtim, 4th June, together with 
27 other civilians. No. 70 had head smashed in, exposing brains. No. 71 had head 
smashed in, arms and legs broken, and two bayonet wounds. 

" Dates in this telegram are 1918." 

No. 45. 

Sir C. Eliot to Earl Curzon. — (Received February 25.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 24, 1919. 

MY telegram of 22nd February.* 
Following from consul at Ekaterinburg : — 

" Nos. 72 to 103 examined, 32 civilians incarcerated as hostages and taken away by 
Bolsheviks with 19 others at various dates between 9th July, 7th August, 27th July, 
all 51 having been declared outlaws. Official medical examination of 52 bodies (of 
which 32 examined, Nos. 72 to 103 and 20 not identified), found in several holes; 
3 from Kamishlof revealed that all had been killed by bayonet, sword, and bullet wounds. 
Following cases being typical : No. 76 had 20 light bayonet wounds in back ; No. 7S 
had 15 bayonet wounds in back, 3 in chest ; No. 80, bayonet wounds in back, broken 
jaw and skull; No. 84, face smashed and wrist hacked ; No. 89 had 2 fingers cut off 
and bayonet wounds; No. 90, both hands cut off at wrist, upper jaw hacked, mouth 
slit both sides, bayonet wound shoulder ; No. 98, little ringer off left hand and 4 fingers 
off right hand, head smashed ; No. 99 had 12 bayonet wounds ; No. 101 had 4 sword 
and 6 bayonet wounds. 

"These victims are distinct from 66 Kamishlof hostage children shot by machine 
guns near Ekaterinburg beginning of July, names not obtainable.' r 

* See No. 44. 

No. 46. 

Sir 0. Eliot to Mr. Balfour.— (Received February 25.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, February 24, 1919. 

AN appeal to all democratic parties to unite against Bolsheviks has been published 
by the Omsk Government. Reasons given are as follow : — • 

1. Dictatorship of one class was claimed by Bolsheviks, and people of other 
classes were placed outside the law and starved. 

2. Bolsheviks have deprived educated classes of their votes, as they do not admit 
universal suffrage. 

3. Bureaucracy has been set up in place of municipal and village government, 
which has been abolished. 

4. Political organisations have replaced Law Courts. 


No. 47. 

General Knox to War Office. 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, March 2, 1919. 

FOLLOWING received from Omsk, 26th February : — 

" Position of railway transport critical. Owing to absence of metals, coal, and 
spare parts, workshops on railways have ceased work. Passenger traffic continues 
only on Nikolaevski Railway, only military and food trains running on other railways. 

" Monejr being printed on colossal scale, 14,000 workmen employed in Petrograd 
and Pensa day and night. 300 million notes of different valuations are said to be 
daily turned out. Peasants very hostile to Soviet's action, and riots resulted in many 

" Discipline growing stricter in army. Return of shoulder straps and saluting 
being considered. 

" In near future the Bolsheviks intend closing all churches. Three priests were 
recently drowned by Reds in Osa." 

No. 48. 
General Knox to War Office. 

Vladivostock, March 4, 1919. 

AN interview with an officer has appeared in a Vladivostock paper which gives an 
idea of the ruin that has befallen Moscow. He had escaped through the lines, and says 
that executions and arrests, to say nothing of hunger and cold and robbery in all its 
forms, are part of the daily life of the city. The streets are filthy and torn up, houses 
are shell-shattered and gutted by fire. Pocket-picking has become fashionable, and is 
looked on as a harmless eccentricity. Officers are put on to the most menial forms of 
work, such as street cleaning, loading bricks at railway stations, and a colonel is now a 
night watchman. Whilst Kuksh was in Bolshevik occupation women from 16 to 50 
were mobilised for work, and to " satisfy the needs of the pride and flower of the 
revolution." At Goroblagodatsky the Red Armv threw fortv-four bodies down a well. 
They were discovered later, and amongst them were found the bodies of a priest, some 
monks, and a young girl. At Blagoveschensk officers and soldiers from Torbolof's 
detachment were found with gramophone needles thrust under their finger nails, their 
eyes torn out, the marks of nails on their shoulders where shoulder straps had been 
worn. Their bodies had become like frozen statues, and were hideous to look upon. 
These men had been killed by Bolsheviks at Metzanovaya and taken thence to 

Following is text of document belonging to a Red Commissar captured at 
front and quoted in local press : — , • 

' Herewith I certify that the bearer, comrade Evdomikof, is allowed the right of 
acquiring a girl for himself and no one may oppose this in anyway, he is invested with 
full power which I certify." 

No. 49. 

Sir C. Eliot to the Earl Cwzon. — (Received March 7.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, March 5, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from consul at Ekaterinburg, 3rd March :— 

" Following is summary of Bolshevik investigation at Perm. Commencing from 
February 1918 factories were managed by Labour Committees amongst whom criminals 
were to be found ; incapacity of these committees and general demoralisation of 
labouring class brought about complete standstill of production and rise in prices from 
which whole population suffers. 

' Bolsheviks completely disorganised school establishments by appointing teachers 


by system of voting in which students and domestic employees of schools took part. 
First-year law students appointed by Bolsheviks replaced magistrates in Law Courts, 

" Bolshevik policy was characterised by persecution of all classes of population 
suspected of ill-feeling towards them, especially well-to-do class and peasants. 

"In spite of confiscation of their property well-to-do class were forced to pay huge 
contributions and many of them were arrested as hostages on most futile pretexts, 
without any accusations being made against them and frequently by caprice or personal 
spite of some Bolshevist commissary. 

" Those who were not shot were incarcerated under disgraceful conditions where 
they were kept under perpetual dread of being murdered. During arrest of these 
people their houses were pillaged. 

" In villages ' poor committees ' were organised, representatives of which were 
supposed to be elected by peasants ; elections were, however, discarded tacitly by 
Bolsheviks, who appoint people almost exclusively of criminal classes. Contributions, 
requisitions, and other tyrannies were imposed by Bolsheviks on peasants possessing 
land or other property, which resulted in insurrections in villages suppressed by 
Bolsheviks by pillage, devastations, and massacres on large scale, notably at Sepytchyi 
and Pystor in Ohansk district August 1918. Labourers opposing Bolsheviks were 
treated in same manner as peasants. One hundred labourers were shot at Motovilyky 
near Perm December 1918. for protesting against Bolshevik conduct. Peasants 
particularly suffered when Red Army retreated, Bolsheviks taking with them cereals, 
horses, and cattle available, and destroying all agricultural and other instruments they 
were not able to take with them. Bolshevik persecution of anti- Bolshevik elements 
reached height of its fury after attempt on Lenin's life, although even previously it had 
developed into a reign of terror. 

" Commissaries consisted of unintellectual labourers from 20 to 30 years' old who 
condemned people to death without making any accusation against them, frequently 
personally taking part in murder of their victims. 

" Russian authorities have only just commenced investigation of Bolshevik 
crimes, and therefore it is difficult to obtain precise data as to number of persons 
killed, although, as far as we can judge, it runs into several thousands in Perm 
Government. Victims were usually shot, but frequently drowned or killed by sword. 
Murders of groups of 30, 40, and 60 have taken place, for example at Perm and 

" Murders were frequently preceded by tortures and acts of cruelty. Labourers 
at Omsk, before being shot, were flogged and beaten with butts of rifles and pieces of 
iron in order to extract evidence. Victims were frequently forced to dig their own 
graves. Sometimes executioners placed them facing wall and fired several revolver shots 
from behind them, near their ears, killing them after considerable interval ; persons 
who survived this gave evidence. 

" Girls, aged women, and women enceintes were amongst victims. Case of 
Miss Bakouyeva is an example. December, 19 L8, this lady (19 years old) was accused 
of espionage, and tortured by being slowly pierced thirteen times in same wound by 
bayonet. She was afterwards found by peasants still alive ; is now nearly cured, and 
has herself related her sufferings to us. h#? j I|| 

" Bolshevists vented violent hatred on church and clergy, pillaged monasteries 
(such as Bielogorod and Bielogorski), turned churches into meeting places and work- 
shops, persecuted and murdered priests and monks ; of 300 priests in liberated parts 
of Perm diocese, 46 were killed by Bolshevists." 

No. 50. 

Sir C. Eliot to Earl Gurzpn, — (Received March 26.) 

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, March 21, 1919. 

FOLLOWING from consul at Ekaterinburg, 20th March :— 

" Have now completed our report on Bolsheviks. Enclosures comprise Russian 
consul's unbiassed evidence of nearly 100 witnesses, 20 photographs of atrocities com- 
mitted by Bolsheviks and other documentary evidence obtained from Russian 

" Persons of all classes, especially peasants, continue to come to this consulate, 
giving evidence of murder of their relatives and other outrages that Bolsheviks 


in their fury have Wrought, "but, owing to necessity of limiting work in order to com- 
plete report, have been obliged to curtail taking further evidence. 

" Details given in my recent telegrams may be taken as characteristic of manner 
Bolsheviks murdered innocent citizens ; and, therefore, for reasons above mentioned, 
unless I hear from you to contrary, shall desist from sending you further names. 
From reports received, murder and pillage committed by Bolsheviks during their 
retreat from this front assumed most terrible proportions." 

No. 51. 
Extract from a Report by a British Chaplain. 

WITH the oncoming of the Austro-German armies into South Russia last spring, 
my experiences of Bolshevism entered on a new phase. Previously I had for many 
months lived in the terrorised city of Odessa, where the cowed and despoiled 
population had been bullied into abject submission to a brutal and despotic Bolshevik 
tyranny. The city had been drenched with blood ; murders and outrages in the 
streets as well as houses were of daily, even hourly occurrence ; trade was paralysed, 
shops looted, the bourgeoisie arrested, tortured, and done to death by hundreds under 
circumstances of fiendish cruelty. The Allied consuls had left, and the majority of the 
foreigners, when a general massacre of the educated population was arranged to 
commence with the extermination of 108 families. This last brutality was averted by 
the arrival of the armies of the Central Powers. 

Undoubtedly the rapidly accumulating horrors were deliberately incited by the 
secret German Bolshevik agents in order that that the advancing Austrian armies 
might not be met as foes but welcomed as deliverers coming to save the people from a 
tyranny more brutal than anything Russia had previously knoAvn. The scheme was 
entirely successful, the Austrian troops were received as saviours. 

The intrigue was cleverly managed. Nothing had been left to chance. All possibility 
of effective armed opposition had been rendered impossible by the enormous massacres 
of Russian officers previously systematically incited by the German propagandists. 
The march into the Southern Ukraine was another stage in a Vienna intrigue, which 
has been moving forward for the last forty years, the design for expansion to the East 
and access to the Black Sea. 

Within three days of the arrival of the Austrian army in Odessa, the soldiers were 
sent into the city with orders to fraternise with the inhabitants, to conduct themselves 
w T ith marked courtesy and self-restraint, and to meet all friendly advances with 
conciliatory affability. 

The Russian Bolshevik troops fled at the approach of the Austrians. The Black 
Sea fleet left the morning Odessa was surrendered. Some of the ships were so heavily 
laden with plunder they could scarcely make way. A large proportion of the worst 
Bolshevik criminals of the district, together with the more notorious bands of assassins 
and highwaymen, escaped with the fleet. Two of the crews, having murdered their 
officers some time before, were unable to navigate their vessels until help was sent 
from other ships. The Bolshevik flagship took on board the entire company from the 
the two largest houses of ill-fame in the city together with their private orchestra. 
For three days before the Austrians marched into Odessa the Bolsheviks had divers at 
work from the Imperial yacht "Almas" and the cruiser " Sinope " dragging the 
harbour for the weighted bodies of the murdered officers, of whom about 400 had been 
done to death, the majority, after torture with boiling steam followed by exposure to 
currents of freezing air. Others were burnt alive, bound to planks which were slowly 
pushed into the furnaces a few inches at a time. In this way perished General 
Chourmakof and many others of my acquaintance. The bodies now recovered from 
the water were destroyed in the ships' furnaces that no evidence might remain to 
be brought before the Austro-Germans. Later, a member of the Austrian Staff told 
me they had been supplied with a list of names of over 400 murdered officers from the 
Odessa district. 

January, 1919. 


No. 52. 

M. M— — to Earl Qurzon. — (Received February 8.) 

Moscow, January 12, 1919. 
I HAVE the honour to report that the food question in Moscow is growing more 
and more acute with every day. Nominally the population of this city has to obtain 
its food by the card system, cards of three categories having been introduced and the 
quantity of food available distributed in the following proportions : — 

Category 1. Those working manual work 
,, 2. Those working intellectual... 
,, 3. Those having no employment 



The difficult}", however, is that no food, except black bread, is available for 
distribution, and the quantity of bread distributed at present, namely, -J>--pound for the 
first category, f -pound for the second, and ^-pound for the third, is completely 
insufficient to keep one alive. Other food-stuffs must be obtained from speculators at 
exorbitant prices, the seller as well as the purchaser running the risk of a heavy fine 
or imprisonment if denounced, as traffic in food-stuffs is strictly forbidden. 

Thousands of men and women are going daily to distant country places with the 
object of purchasing and bringing into town some provisions, thus disarranging the 
regular railway traffic. 

It is, however, not an easy matter to bring provisions into Moscow, as cordons of 
soldiers are searching passengers' luggage at country stations, and will take away, at 
their discretion, anything they think superfluous. 

To illustrate the high cost of living at Moscow, I beg to enclose herewith a list of 
the food-stuffs which are still obtainable, together with the prices at which they are 



Food Prices at Moscoiv. 

3ii from roubles to roubles per lb. 

Black bread,.. 

White bread not obtainable. 

Rye flour 

Wheat flour... 

... ... • • 


• • • ... • • 


... *•• ■ 


••• • * i • * 


... ... 


• > ■ ••• •• 


••• ... • • 

I. ea . • • 

•*• ■■• *« 

Sunflower oil 

• ■• ••• * ■ 

Horse flesh ... 

«•• ... •• 


• • • ... • • 


••• •■• •• 


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Lard and bacon 

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per lb.* 

12 to 


15 ;, 


20 ;; 


15 „ 



4 „ 



90 „ 


. 100 „ 


90 ., 


40 „ 


12 „ 


27 „ 


so ;■; 


40 „ 


. 70 „ 


It is, however, impossible to obtain always provisions even at these prices. 

* 1 Rouble (nominal) = 2s. l±d. 1 Russian lb. — 14*4 oz. 


No. 53. 

Lord Kilmarnock to Earl Gurzon. — (Received February 24.) 

My Lord, Copenhagen, February 17, 1919. 

I HAVE the honour to transmit, herewith, translations of two further reports on 
the atrocities committed by the Bolsheviks in the Baltic Provinces which have been 
furnished me by the Esthonian Provisional Government here. 

I also enclose seven photographs of the^victims of the massacres by the Bolsheviks 
at Wesenberg and Dorpat from the same source. * 

I have, &c. 


* Not reproduced. 


Bolshevik Atrocities in Esthonia. 

Further Supplementary Reports. 

ON the 25th December the Bolsheviks shot the steward, Karu, the foreman, and 
the housekeeper, Sitau, of the Kiltsi estate. Before death, the victims were cruelly 
tortured. Besides these, the author, Woldemar Rosenstrauch, and three other persons 
were shot. 

According to the report from the leader of an attacking squadron, Lieutenant 
Jakobsen, the Bolsheviks murdered two brothers, Hendrik and Hans Kokamal, of 
Piksaare, on the 26th January. They crushed the head of the former by two blows of 
an axe, and shot the latter. Besides this, they robbed the victims of their clothes and 
boots and tore their linen, which, being bloodstained, was useless to them. 

In Sagnitz, in the Walk district, the head forester, Hesse, and the book-keeper, 
Wichmann, were shot by the Bolsheviks. As well as the graves of these two victims, 
seven more were discovered at the same place. 

The Blood-Bath in Walk. 

Bolshevism raged more in Walk than anywhere- else, as the Bolsheviks remained 
longest in power there. The number of persons murdered by them is great, 
but not definitely known. At all events they are estimated at from 350 to 450. Besides, 
600 to 700 persons were carried off by the Bolsheviks. From the report of the 
inhabitants of the district, these unfortunates were murdered on the way. 

The murders were committed in the same manner as elsewhere. The unfortunates, 
who belonged to different classes of society, were arrested on all sorts of pretexts, kept 
prisoners a few days, and then, in groups of twenty to thirty, led out of the town to the 
place of execution, where graves were already prepared for them. Every night, twenty 
to thirty persons were executed without examination or trial. Before being shot, the 
victims were tortured in every possible way. All the bodies bear marks of many 
bayonet thrusts as well as gun wounds. The skulls are shattered and the bones 
broken. Even after death, when the bodies were stiff, the Bolsheviks hacked off the 
arms and legs and broke the bones of their victims. 

The Bolsheviks have instilled such terror into the hearts of the local inhabitants, 
that they dare not even talk of the Bolsheviks' deeds, and therefore it is difficult to 
obtain a true report of all their atrocities in Walk. 

An Esthonian soldier of cavalry was taken prisoner by the Bolsheviks and was 
to be executed in Walk along with many others. The Bolshevik bullets, which killed 
so many of his comrades, did not hit him, and he succeeded after the murder to escape 
from the common biirial-place. He describes one of those terrible blood-baths in the 
following manner : — 

" They took our caps, coats, and cloaks. Thirty-five armed Bolsheviks surrounded 
us in order to prevent any attempt at escape. Our hands were bound behind our 
backs. Besides this, we Avere fastened in couples, and then each pair joined by a long 
rope, so that we marched all attached to the one rope. Thus we were led to death. As 

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I protested against this barbaric treatment, the Bolshevik officer struck me twice on the 
head with a riding-whip and said, ' Shooting is too good for you, your eyes ought to be 
put out before death.' At the word of command, the Bolsheviks fired a volley. The 
bound group fell to earth. I also was pulled clown by the others, though I had not 
been hit. The Bolsheviks fired four rounds on the fallen. Fortunately, I again 
was missed. Then the executioners fell upon us like wild animals to rob us. Anyone 
who still moved was finally killed by bayonets or blows from the butt-ends of rifles. 
I kept as still as possible. One of the Bolsheviks took my boots. Another looked at 
my stockings. ' Good stockings,' he murmured, and pulled them off." 

It is rep6rted from Werro : — 

The rapidity with which the Esthonian troops occupied Werro saved the lives of 
more than 200 people. There were 183 persoifs in prison, for whom a similar fate was 
intended as befell those in Dorpat on the 14th January. The lists were already made 
out. But the Red Guard took flight at the approach of the Esthonian troops. Only 
the warders remained behind, and they opened the prison doors. Altogether some 
100 people were to have been shot in Werro near the Russian cemetery, Kaseritzschen 
lake, and Kirrumpah redoubt, On the arrival of the rescuers many of the graves were 
not yet filled in, and a number of bodies lay exposed in the snow. Several women were 
also shot, and especially ghastly was the murder of Frl. Irmgard Kupffer. The 
following are the names of people who are known to have been murdered in Werro : — 
Barber Kuns, Solicitor R. Pihlak, House-owners Kond and Wierland, Forester Matson 
from Erastwere, Pastor Sominer, and Hr. Wreemann. The names of most of the 
victims are unknown, for the greater number did not belong to Werro, but had been 
carried off there from the neighbouring villages and shot. The Bolsheviks also kept 
secret the number and names of their victims. 

It has already been mentioned that, according to the Bolshevik newspaper 
" Tooline," a number of counter-revolutionaries were murdered in Werro on the 14th 
January. Now information is brought by Merchant P., of Polwa, who was led to death 
with the above-mentioned victims, but who escaped the massacre. He reports the 
following : " The twenty-four men who were condemned to death were led to a lake. 
There they were ordered to undress and to run home. The victims obeyed, but 
scarcely had they turned their backs when the Bolsheviks fired a volley at them, 
P. saved himself by throwing himself on the ground in good time. The Bolsheviks, 
thinking he was dead like the others, went off. Then P. got up and went away. Three 
or four victims saved themselves in this wav, whilst the others were fatallv shot bv the 

A few days after the retreat from Dorpat the Bolsheviks shot three people, namely, 
Takk, Waltin, and Antzow. 

According to later news, the following people were shot by the Bolsheviks : 
Steward Hansen of the Arral estate near Odenpah. with his son, and Herr Seen, the 
owner of Saarjerw, in Polwe. 

It is reported from Walk that, among others, the Bolsheviks shot Police Inspector 
Koch, and the former Ensign Rudolf. They carried away the following persons : 
Pastors Wuhner, Uns, Janes, Michelson, Priests Protopopow, Sirnis, and Merchant 

No. 54. 

Summary of a Report on the Internal Situation in Russia. 

THE following is a summary of a report on the internal situation in Russia 

which has been received from Mr. K , a member of the British Printers' Trade 

Union, who left Petrognad on the 9th January, 1919. Mr. K was also a 

member of the Russian Printers' Trade Union; he travelled extensively in Russia 
and was received everywhere as a working man. He had, therefore, an exceptional 
opportunity of studying the conditions in Soviet Russia. Reports have been 
received. from various sources of the growing opposition to Bolshevik rule among 


a certain section of the Russian population,' and Mr. K 's account tends to 

confirm these reports: — 

(i.) Conditions in the towns. — Since the beginning of November, 1918, there has 
been an increasingly strong feeling against the Bolsheviks among the 
intelligent portions of the working classes of Petrograd, Moscow, and 
other centres. In. the early days of their power the Bolsheviks were 
enthusiastically supported by the working classes in the towns, but 
latterly the more enlightened have become convinced of the failure of the 
Bolsheviks' experiments at social reform. They have, however, nominally 
remained Bolsheviks, as there is no other alternative, since the Bolsheviks 
control the food supplies and hold all the arms in the country. Mr. 

K — , in support of the foregoing, quotes views expressed to him by 

members of various factory staffs, and he cites cases of strikes in large 
factories, such as the Putilov, Obukhovski, Treugolnik, of which 
confirmation has been received from other sources. All factories are 
controlled by the Soviet of People's Economy. The Commissars are 
inexperienced, and great difficulty is experienced in obtaining good work- 
men, with the result that the output of the factories has greatly decreased, 
in some cases to 10 per cent, of the original output. 

Note. — Further confirmation of the reported opposition of a section 
of the working population to Bolshevik rule is found in a recent Bolshevik 
wireless message, which states that 60,000 workmen are on strike in 
Petrograd, demanding an end to fratricidal war and the institution of 
free trade. 

(ii.) Conditions in the countryside. — A similar change has occurred in the 
attitude of the better-class peasants. At first Bolshevik innovations 
were welcomed in the countryside, where, also, feeling was bitter against 
the English, who were accused of the desire to exploit Russia for their 
benefit. This attitude, however, underwent a change when the Poverty 
Committees were instituted. These committees were composed of the 
worst elements of the villages reinforced by Bolsheviks from the towns, 
with the result that village life became intolerable. Respectable peasants, 
to remedy this state of affairs, decided to join these committees with a 
view to exercising their influence upon them, and in many cases were 
successful. This led to a change in the constitution of the committees, 
and the Soviet authorities are now endeavouring to regain their former 
control in this respect. At the same time the peasants' attitude of 
hostility towards the English disappeared, and the wish was expressed 
in many quarters that the latter would come and deliver Russia from 
Bolshevik rule, 
(iii.) Religious revival. — Another important factor in the situation has been a 
strong revival of religious feeling in the towns and countryside; the 
result, apparently, of the revulsion caused by the wholesale persecution 
and murder of priests by the Bolsheviks. The change of attitude in this 
respect is manifest by the great increase in church attendance, which in 
the early days of Bolshevik rule was chiefly confined to women, and by 
the increasing boldness of the priests in denouncing the Bolsheviks. It 
is noteworthy, in the latter respect, that the priests are acting with 
increasing impunity — a fact which appears to indicate that the 
Bolsheviks are afraid of antagonizing public opinion over this question. 

2. Anti-Bolshevik conspiracy . — In the above connection, and as further evidence 
of the growing opposition, in the interior, to the Bolsheviks, it is of interest to note 
that, according to the Bolshevik wireless news of the 14th February, an anti- 
Bolshevik conspiracy on the part of Left Social Revolutionaries has been discovered. 
The headquarters of the conspiracy were at Moscow. The leaders, it is stated, which 
include Mine. Spiridonova, Steinberg. Trutovsky, Protapovitch, and Rozenblum, 
have been arrested, and the movement has apparently been completely forestalled. It 
is stated that documentary evidence shows that the object of these Left Social 
Revolutionaries was to overthrow the Soviet Government and to establish an all- 
Russian Government. As a preliminary step, terroristic acts were to be carried out 
against Soviet leaders; these, however, were to be carried out independently by local 

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organizations with a view to avoid compromising the whole movement. Steps had 
been taken to institute anti-Bolshevik propaganda in the army and among the 
peasants, who were to be incited to rise. The chief activities of' this organization 
had apparently been directed towards White Russia, where, in the " Nash Put " (the 
Vilna organ of the Left Social Revolutionaries), an anti-Bolshevik agitation had 
already commenced. In White Russia it was apparently the aim of this 
organization to seize power on the evacuation of the German forces. 

Note. — It is noteworthy that, at the same time as this reported conspiracy has 
been in progress members of the Left Social Revolutionary Party, who formerly 
belonged to the Constituent Assembly at Ufa, have been negotiating with the Soviet 
Government with a view to combining with the latter. It is not clear, therefore, how 
far these former members of the Constituent Assembly really represent the Left 
Social Revolutionary Party. 

No. 55. 
Report by Mr. J- 

IN making this report I propose to deal with conditions as they appear to me at 
present existing in. such parts of Russia as are known to me, namely, the Vladimir and 
Moscow Government, under the following headings : — 

1. Food and price of same. 

2. Wages. 

3. Railways. 

4. Education. 

5. The press. 

G. Condition and feeling of the general public. 
7. Business and condition of industry. 

1. Food of all kinds is difficult to obtain, and in many cases it is necessary for 
journeys to be taken in order to obtain same. Prices are abnormal, and in many cases 
entirely out of the reach of all classes. A system of rationing by means of cards is in 
force, but the quantity allowed per person varies according to the class of society to 
which such persons belong. 

The classification for bread is as follows : — 

(1) Labourers performing heavy manual work, f-lb. of black bread per day ; 
(2) those doing lighter work, ^-lb. per day ; (3) clerical workers, ^-lb. per day, and 
after these, those living on capital, |--lb. per day. The following were the prices in 
Moscow at the time I left, and those who could not pay these prices had either to go 
without or make long journeys into the country for the purpose of trying to obtain food 
at a cheaper rate, but this is now becoming more and more difficult to do. 

Black flour, from 500 to 600 roubles per pud (40 lb). Is very difficult to obtain ; 
being brought to Moscow in quantities of 2 to 3 puds at a time by meshechniks (men 
who go to Southern Russia and buy the flour there at from 60 to 100 roubles, and bring 
same to Moscow and sell at the price named above). 

White flour cannot possibly be obtained. 

Meat is obtainable in very small quantities at the following prices : — 

Soup meat, 25 roubles per lb. 

Mutton, 30 to 40 roubles per lb. 

Pork, 60 to 70 roubles per lb. 

Horseflesh has now become very scarce, and very hard to obtain at 18 roubles 
per lb. 

Dog meat. Two shops have been opened in Moscow for the sale of this meat, the 
price being 6 roubles per lb. 

Sugar, very difficult to obtain at 60 to 65 roubles per lb. 

Tea is very scarce indeed, even at the price of 150 to 200 roubles per lb. 

Butter, when same can be obtained, costs 120 roubles per lb., but is now practically 
unobtainable ; no other fats are obtainable, with the exception of certain fish oil, which 
is the only fat available for cooking purposes. 


Potatoes are now very difficult to obtain, and then only at a cost of 160, to 200 
roubles per pud of 40 lb. 

Milk is very scarce indeed. 

Oats very difficult to obtain ; price, 240 roubles per pud. 

The following articles cannot be obtained at any price : Coffee, cocoa, rice, and 

2. Wages have increased considerably, but, despite this fact, the general body of 
workers are far worse off owing to the purchasing value of money having decreased far 
more proportionately than wages have increased. 

Workers in flour mills prior to the war were paid from 20 to 40 roubles per 
month and at present receive from 200 to 500 roubles per month. 

Prior to the war, bread cost 1 r. 80 k. per pad and meat 15 kopeks per lb., a 
comparison with the present prices given will show that workers are at present in a far 
worse position than previously, and I can confidently state that many of them now 
realise this and would gladly revert to the old conditions if only this were possible. 

3. Railways. — Through lack of material and technical knowledge necessary to 
effect repairs, together with the increasing shortage of fuel and the reduction of output 
on the part of the railway employes consequent upon maladministration, disorganisa- 
tion and lack of discipline, the locomotives and rolling stock available for traffic is 
rapidly decreasing, and as the number of persons desiring to travel is increasing, all 
trains are very much overloaded and the passengers are often packed so tight together 
as to be practically unable to move. 

It has been found necessary to use heavy goods engines, through lack of light 
passenger engines, for the purpose of drawing passenger trains, and the only carriages 
now in use are similar to our cattle trucks. 

These trucks are so packed that the decencies of life cannot be observed, one 
having often to remain therein thirty-six hours or more before it is possible, owing to 
the pressure of fellow-passengers, to descend. 

Under these conditions, transport by rail must eventually cease altogether. 

4. Education has practically ceased. The scholars have a president and committee 
who decide all matters concerning the respective school. 

In most schools dining-rooms have been opened, and the children are given free 
meals, and they practically only go to school in order to obtain food. But in many 
places, owing to the uncleanly and filthy manner in which food has been served, these 
dining-rooms have had to be closed. Within my own knowledge such a dining-room 
in a small town in the Vladimir Government had to be closed, the children having 
contracted venereal disease through the filthy condition oi the utensils used in serving 
the meals. 

5. The Press. — Only two daily papers are issued in Moscow, i.e., the " Isvestia of 
the Soviet " and " Pravda," these papers are edited by leading Bolsheviks, and of course 
contain only opinions and statements likely to further the cause of Bolshevism, and 
nothing is allowed to be published in any way antagonistic to or critical of 

In January last a weekly paper, issued on a Wednesday, called " Fperid," 
supposed to be owned by the " Menshevik Party," though considered to be controlled 
by the Bolsheviks, was allowed to be published. In this paper, articles were allowed 
to appear which were a little more free, but the paper was stopped after the fourth 
number had been issued. It is the general opinion that if the truth were allowed to 
be published for a period of one week only, a great awakening of the people would 

6. Condition and Feeling of the People. — Suffering from malnutrition, lack of fuel, 
and the intense cold, also having nearly given up hope of the help of the Allied 
nations which they have for so long been expecting and anxiously awaiting, the 
educated professional and merchant classes are now entering upon a state of despair, 
resignation, and indifference to all questions other than food. From my own experience 
I can safely state that at least 8U per cent, of the population in the district where I 

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resided, including both the educated, workkig and peasant classes are strongly opposeu 
to the present masters of Government and to Bolshevism. 

The fact that many of these people have joined the Red Guard is not of itself 
evidence of a belief in Bolshevism or in the Government, but is in the majority of 
cases a step taken in desperation for the purposes of obtaining food and other things 
which could not be obtained in any other manner, or tffrough being made to join by 
the present system of compulsory mobilisation. 

I am personally acquainted with several officers of the old army who have been 
compelled to join the Bolshevik army through fear of the consequences which would 
fall upon their near and dear relations should they refuse to do so. 

Should an officer of the old army fail to present himself when called upon to join 
the present Bolshevik army and evade arrest, his wife and children, if married, or his 
father or mother, if single, would be punished probably by imprisonment or worse 
All these officers are strictly watched, and any occupying important positions have 
constantly with them a political "Komisar," to whom all orders given must be shown 
and approved by him before being transmitted; should disloyalty be suspected the 
officer would immediately be shot. Desertion both by officers and men in the front 
line is very great, and is upon the increase. All these people, both officers and men, 
are potential deserters to any outside force which would offer them protection and 

Prior to my leaving Moscow, typhus had broken out, claiming many victims, and 
was spreading rapidly; and it was feared that the spring and summer months would 
spread this disease to an uncontrollable extent. When I left all hospitals were full, 
patients lying on the floors and in the corridors. 

7. Business and conditions of industry. — Private trading no longer exists, the 
only shops open being those of the Bolsheviks. 

Raw materials are scarce and difficult to obtain, and many factories and mills 
have consequently to be closed. 

The provision of raw material for the flax mills have been placed in the hands of 
the Centre Textile Committee, and no raw material may in future be obtained direct- 
Though the committee had been in existence for several months, no raw material 
had been supplied by them to my mill up to the time of my leaving, and only two 
weeks' supply was then in hand, being the balance left from a large stock. 

For the past year the workers have been in control of all mills, and as an example 
of the methods adopted, I state below the conditions appertaining at the mill where I 
was General Manager, a mill employing 6,500 workers, two-thirds of whom were 
women, and one-third men. In the first instance a committee was elected from the 
workers by the workers. The Committee consisted of 24 men, and from these the 
following three sub-committees were formed :— 

(1.) Controlling Committee, consisting of six. 

(2.) Food Committee, consisting of four. 

(3.) The Enlightening Committee, consisting of four. 

The remaining ten formed the Presidium or Council. 

The Presidium sat every day in a house in the mill-yard from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., 
and the President of the Workers' Committee always presided at the sittings of the 
Presidium. The duties of the Presidium were to receive all complaints from the 
workers, and adjust them to the workers' benefit, wmether the complaint was of a 
reasonable nature or otherwise. The result was a continual unnecessary and annoying- 
interference with the inside management of the mill. For instance, should the 
spinners complain, say, that No. 14 yarn is working badly, they would call for the man 
superintending the material department, and tell him to put in higher material, without 
taking into consideration the loss incidental to such procedure. It was therefore a 
constant battle to prevent the Presidium from doing this manner of injurious actions. 
The duties of the Controlling Committee are - to control all buying and selling in 
connection with the mill. No money can be paid for goods delivered, or for work done 
without their signature. Nothing can be bought without their consent, and all articles 
bought in the district must be bought by the members of the committee themselves. 
Owing to this, these men, having no idea of the quality of an article, very often buy 
inferior goods at higher prices than would be given by an expert. They control every 
action of, and are constantly interfering with the administrative staff, and so confuse 

and bother the men employed on this work until they are unable to perform their 
duties, and lose all interest and initiative. 

The Food Committee look after the obtaining and distribution of foodstuffs, and 
are constantly travelling all over the country seeking food, but are very unsuccessful 
in this purpose, and therefore have very little to distribute. 

The duties of the Enlightening Committee are rather obscure, but appear to 
consist first of the propagation of Socialistic principles, and they do this by buying 
literature of a Socialistic nature, of course, for the Workers' Club, and second 
in providing amusements for the workers by organising concerts, dances, &c. The 
great desire of the members of all these committees seems to be to get commandeered, 
either by the General Meeting or by their own committee, upon the grounds of 
urgency to go to some other town or district for some reason or other, and when they 
are on these expeditions they receive 50 roubles per day for their expenses, besides 
their daily wage, which is paid out of the Mill funds, and very often they have the 
possibility of receiving a good round sum by way of bribes when buying something 
for the Mill. All these committees, though elected in the. first instance by the 
majority of the workers are now practically self-elected, as the majority of 
the workers are so inert, uninterested, and tired of the whole Bolshevik 
system that they do not trouble to attend for the purpose of voting. The elections 
generally take place at meetings with not more than 300 or less workers present out 
of the 6,500, and the members of the committee have generally pre-arranged who will 
be chosen, and have their supporters who arrange matters as required. 

All these committees very soon lose the trust of, and are not in favour with those 
who have elected them, but are generally re-elected, as stated before, and again the 
same things go on. 

Tzoxovoi Committees. — Besides the committees before named, in each department 
three to five workers are elected as a Department Committee. The workers composing 
this committee are taken from their usual work and nave an office in their particular 
department. They walk round the department keeping order and giving directions as 
to what is and what is not to be done. 

In the giving of these directions the ; manager of the department concerned is 
often entirely ignored. Nothing can be done in each respective department without 
the members of the committee being informed and agreeing, and there is constant 
friction and misunderstanding because of this. The manager, finding it necessary to 
do certain things, and the committee not allowing him, and vice versa. Jn the 
majority of cases the administration loses heart and does not protest, as if they go 
against the committee there is a general meeting of workers, and it is decided to 
discharge the manager or master who has gone against the workers, and this decision 
is carried out. In my own case I prevented this taking place on several occasions 
with my managers by calling the committee together and informing them that if they 
discharged the manager concerned I should throw up my situation and leave the mill ; 
this threat having the desired effect up to October 1918. I was able to adopt this 
attitude owing to the fact that I knew the majority of my workers held me in high 
esteem and trust, as it was known that in my twenty years of mill life in Russia I 
never did anything in haste, and though very strict, tried to be just. In October 1918, 
I considered it desirable, in my own interests, to live in Moscow r , and 1 then only 
visited the mill once a month. After I did this two men were discharged — one the 
manager of our turf fields and one of the head superintendents. On January 1919, 
the mill was fully nationalised, and the workers were ordered to elect a directorate of 
five. I was the first director elected by the workers, only two voting against me out 
of 6,500. I mention this fact in order to show* that my claim, set out above, to the 
esteem and respect of my work-people is not an unfounded one. 

Below I give brief particulars of output obtained prior to and after the revolution : — 

Output before revolution ; mill working 18 hours a day : — 

Spinning mill : 1,000 to 1,100 puds a day. 

Weaving mill : 800 to 8,500 pieces of linen cloth at 55 to 60 arshives each. 

Output winter of 1918-19 ; mill working 16 hours per day : — 

Spinning mill : 450 to 500 puds per day. 
Weaving mill : 400 pieces per day. 

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This production was exceptional, as at other mills in our line theHurnover was 
much worse. 

For the last nine months the financing of the mill has been conducted in the 
following manner: To obtain money for wages, &c, we prepared invoices of finished 
goods and gave these into the Centre Textile, who gave us 75 per cent, of the value of 
the invoice, and held the balance until the delivery of the goods according to the 
instructions of the Central Textile, when the remaining 25 per cent, was paid. When 
presenting the invoice an estimate showing in detail the proposed expenditure was also 
required by them. Always hoping that some change in the control of the mills might 
take place, and it being apparent that the system at present in vogue could not perma- 
nently exist, our whole object was to retain in our warehouses as much as possible of 
finished goods, in order that, if the original owner was again allowed to take possession, 
goods would be available which could be readily turned into cash, and so enable the 
owner to continue working the mill. This was the only step possible that could be 
taken to protect the original owner's property. When I left the above-mentioned mill 
we had in the warehouse finished cloth goods to the value of about 30,000,001) roubles. 

Foreigners such as myself remained at our positions to the last possible moment 
in the hope of a normal Government in Russia and return of property to its former 

March 20, 1919. 

No. 56. 
Rev. B. S. Lombard to Earl Gurzon. 

Officers Quarters, 8, Rothsay Gardens, Bedford, 
My Lord, . March 23, 1919. 

I BEG to forward to your Lordship the following details with reference to 
Bolshevism in Russia : — 

I have been for ten years in Russia, and have been in Petrograd through the 
whole of the revolution. 

I spent six weeks in the Fortress ;of Peter and Paul, acted as chaplain to 
His Majesty's submarines in the Baltic for four years, and was in contact with the 
9th (Russian) Army in Roumania during the autumn of^l917 whilst visiting British 
Missions and hospitals, and had ample opportunity of studying Bolshevik methods. 

It originated in German propaganda, and was, and is being, carried out by 
international Jews. 

The Germans initiated disturbances in order to reduce Russia to chaos. They 
printed masses of paper money to finance their schemes, the notes of which I possess 
specimens can be easily recognised by a special mark. 

Their Tenets. 

Radically to destroy all ideas of patriotism and nationality by preaching the 
doctrine of internationalism wdiich proved successful amongst the uncultured masses 
of the labouring classes. 

To obstruct by every means the creation of military power by preaching the 
ideas of peace, and to foster the abolition of military discipline. 

To keep the masses under the hypnosis of false Socialistic literature. 

To buy up all nationalised banks and to open up everywhere branches of German 
Government banks under the names and titles of firms that would conceal their actual 

To endeavour to empoverish and temporally to weaken the peasant classes, to 
bring about national calamities such as epidemics (the outbreak of cholera last 
summer was traced to this source), the wholesale burning down of villages and 

To preach the doctrine of the Socialistic form of managing enterprises amongst 


the working classes, to encourage their efforts to seize such enterprises and then by 
means of bankruptcies to get them into German hands. 

To preach the idea of a six to eight hours' working day with higher wages. 

To crush all competition set on foot against them. All attempts of the 
intellectuals or other groups to undertake any kind of independent action, or to 
develop any industries to be unmercifully checked, and in doing this to stop at 

Russia to be inundated by commission agents and other German representatives, 
and a close network of agencies and offices should be created for the purpose of 
spreading amongst the masses such views and teachings as may at any given time be 
dictated from Berlin. 

The Results. 

All business became paralysed, shops were closed, Jews became possessors of 
most of the business houses, and horrible scenes of starvation became common in the 
country districts. The peasants put their children to death rather than see them 
starve. In a village on the Dvina, not far from Schlusselberg, a mother hanged three 
of her children. 

I was conducting a funeral in a mortuary of a lunatic asylum at Oudelnaia, near 
Petrograd, and saw the bodies of a mother and her five children whose throats had 
been cut by the father because he could not see them suffer. 

When I left Russia last October the nationalisation of women was regarded as an 
accomplished fact, though I cannot prove that (with the exception of at Saratoff) there 
was any actual proclamation issued. 

The cruelty of the soldiers is unspeakable. The father of one of the Russian 
clerks in the Vauxhall Motor Works was bound and laid on a railway line and cut to 
pieces by a locomotive on suspicion of having set fire to some of his own property. 
In August last two bargeloads of Russian officers were sunk and their bodies washed 
up on the property of a friend of mine in the Gulf of Finland, many lashed together 
in twos and threes with barbed wire. 

While we were in prison a Red Guard was sent from the central police station 
(Gorokovaia 2) in charge of five prisoners to the fortress. One of them, an old officer, 
was unable to walk, the guard shot him and left his body on the Troytsky Bridge. 
The murderer was reprimanded and imprisoned in a cell near ours. The treatment 
of priests was brutal beyond everything. Eight of them were incarcerated in a cell 
in our corridor. Some of us saw an aged man knocked down twice one morning for 
apparently no reason whatever, and they were employed to perform the most 
degrading work and made to cleau out the filthy prison hospital. Recently, life in 
Petrograd has become a veritable nightmare. 

In the earlj T days of 1917 the Russians gloried in a bloodless revolution, now they 
simply glut themselves with killing for the most trivial offences. In a market on the 
opposite side of the river to my house, a poor woman with a starving family filched a 
small piece of meat from a stall, without any hesitation the Red Guard surrounded her 
and placing her against a wall shot her dead. 

The rank and file of the Red Army is full of men who are heartily sick of the 
present regime, and would gladly join any really strong force sent to the relief of the 
country. But unless the force were considerable, they would hesitate. 

But I imagine that the food question is the key to the situation, the Red Armies 
must be at a low ebb for provisions, and by getting stores to Helsingfors they might 
be treated with. 

I am, &c. 


Chaplain to the Forces. 

No. 57. 

Interviews with Returned British Subjects. 

Mr. A left Petrograd in November. He stated that production was 

practically at a standstill, and in the most favourable cases has decreased 50 per cent. 
The factories are run by Committees. A Committee composed of Mensheviks produces 


a fair amount of work, but a Committee of Bolsheviks gives a wholly unsatisfactory 
output. The Committees were formerly elective, but the Bolsheviks now co-opt their 
own members without consulting the workpeople, and members who do not agree with 
the Bolsheviks are voted off. The Committees are in fact entirely political, and there 
is a great increase of bureaucracy. 

Discipline is bad, and the men are frequently one or one and a half hours' late. 
The responsible members of the Committee do not understand the needs of the mill, 
and the Bolsheviks object to paying technical men. 

In May 1918 an attempt of the Committee to form their own organisation was 
rigorously suppressed. 

Mr. B 

— , wo has lived in Russia all his life, left Moscow on the 8th February 
and was interviewed at the Foreign Office on his arrival, and supplied the following, 
information : — 

Food Conditions. 

The food conditions are getting worse and worse every day, and it is now 
practically impossible to obtain enough to eat. People are dying of starvation every- 
where A few months ago it was possible for the townspeople to buy food from the 
peasants down in the villages, but they are unable to do this now, as the peasants will 
not take money for any food that they may have to sell. Everything is done by 
exchange. Money is no use to the peasants, but clothes and instruments are valuable, 
so the exchange system is used everywhere. 

The following are the most recent prices of food : — 

Moscow — 


1 lb. of bread 


1 „ potatoes 


1 „ butter 


1 ,, lard 


1 „ oil (used instead of butter) 



1 pint of milk 


1 lb. of meat . 


1 ,, pork.. 


1 ,, horse meat 


1 „ dog's meat 


1 cat is sold for 


There are three food categories in Moscow now instead of four, but even the 
" category" people cannot get all the food they are entitled to receive. Certainly the 
1st category ought to receive |-lb. bread a da\, the 2nd, f-lb., and the 3rd, |-Tb. ; also 
about ^-lb. to 1 lb. of fish a month, which was usually not fit for consumption ; 
1^ to 1-Jrlb. of oil a month (butter substitute) ; and about |-lb. soap a month. The 
above is all that could be obtained even by category people. No fats of any description 
were obtainable. Mr. B himself sold a lb. of soap for 35 roubles. 

In spite of the appalling conditions prevailing everywhere, the Kremlin is well 

supplied with all kinds of food. A servant of the house where Mr. B stayed had 

a brother in the Kremlin, and he told her that there was an abundance of ham, white 
bread, butter, sausages, &c. 


Typhus is rampant everywhere, and is getting worse every day. There is also a 
lot of typhoid fever about ; but, worse than this, glanders is now spreading among the 
people. The Bolsheviks are afraid of this terrible disease spreading far and wide, so 
they simply shoot any person suffering from this complaint. There are no medicines 
there by which they can attempt to cure the people, and there is of course a great 

shortage of doctors. Mr. B thinks that there are more cases of glanders in 

Moscow than anywhere else. 

Fuel Shortage. 

The people are suffering intensely from the cold as there is practically no wood 
available. Only 3^ feet of wood is allowed a month for one flat, and even this the 
people have to fetch themselves from the railway stations. The price of wood in the 


jKrjni Novgorod is 200 roubles a fathom (official price) 4 if bought from outside (in the 
markets, &c.) it is about 500 roubles. The average heat of a room is only 43° to 45° 
Fahrenheit. The fuel question is much worse in Petrograd than it is in Moscow. The 
reason for this Is that most of the Petrograd houses have central heating, and when 
the pipes get out of order (as they invariably do) there is no possibility of ever having 
them mended. 

Factories and Workmen. 

All the workmen are anti-Bolshevik' in reality, though many of them have to work 

under the Bolsheviks in order to live. Mr. B gave 5 to 10 per cent, as his 

estimate of the m umber of Bolsheviks out of the whole population of Russia. 

The Bolsheviks pay the workmen very well, but as the cost of living has increased 
so tremendousl}' their wages are not nearly high enough to enable them to live 
comfortably, even were the food obtainable. Roughly speaking, the workmen get 
fifteen to twenty times as much as they used to, and the cost of living has gone up to 
anything between 300 and 1000 times as much as it was before the Revolution. 

The Bolsheviks employ very high-handed methods with the factories. If the 
workmen strike, the factory is closed, the leaders are generally arrested, and sometimes 
they are even shot. At the Sokolnitski works (repairing trams, &c.) in Moscow, the work- 
men went on strike because the Bolsheviks said they were not turning out the proper 
amount of work. As a result of this the factory was simply closed down and the 
following notice was put in the paper : " In consequence of the falling off of production 
in the Sokolnitski works, it was closed down by order of the Government." All this 
proves that the Workmen's Committees have no real power, as the Bolsheviks just do 
what they like without even consulting the Committees. 

At S , where Mr. B was working, the Bolsheviks wanted to inaugurate a 

demonstration on the 25th October, 1918. In order to get the men to attend the 
demonstration meeting the Bolsheviks promised a free dinner to all who went, and 
looked upon those who refused as saboteurs. This, in the end, practically amounted 
to forcing the men to join the demonstration. 

There are not many factories working in Russia now, most of them have had to 
close down on account of the fuel shortage. The few factories that remain only work 
about three days a week, but the workmen are paid full wages. Often a factory has to 
be closed for weeks at a time, owing to lack of fuel and raw material ; during this 
time the workmen are paid half wages. 

Political Questions. 

The people have no interest at all in politics, the only topic of conversation being 
food. Everyone would welcome Allied intervention ; in fact, anything would be 

preferable to the Bolshevik regime. Mr. B does not think that many troops would 

be required, as the Red Army is of small account, and directly they got there it would 
go to pieces. In fact, the only reason why the officers stay in the army is because the 

Bolsheviks threaten to shoot their wives, mothers, or sisters if they desert. Mr. B 

has spoken to officers, the, addresses of whose families had been taken clown by the 
Bolsheviks for this reason. 

In Moscow the Menshevik paper, " Vperyod," was allowed to reappear for a few 
day?, but it was soon suppressed. It then appeared later under the name of " Vsegda 
Vperyod' ("Always Forward"). The " Izvestiya " still attacks the Mensheviks, in 
spite of the so-called agreement which the Bolsheviks have made so much use of for 
propaganda abroad. 

General Conditions. 

To take a cab to the station costs 120 roubles, and even at this price it is very 
difficult to obtain a cab at all. 

The "terror" is not so bad as it used to be, but this is merely because the people's 
spirit is quite broken, and they do not dare to offer opposition. 


Students of the high schools do not pay any fees, and any boy or girl of 16 years 
of age is allowed to enter the universities without showing any certificates, so that if a 


boy is unable to read or write he can still go to the university. This offer of education 
does not appeal to the working-class very much, and it is mostly the intelligentsia who 
take advantage of this opportunity. 

In spite of the Bolsheviks' so-called efforts to promote education, nothing is being 
accomplished, and things are going from bad to worse. They have instituted 
workmen's clubs where the workmen can go and listen to lectures, &c, but the only 
reason why any men attend is because a cup of tea and a slice of bread is usually 
supplied sometime during the lecture. In the same way, the only reason why children 
go to school is to get the breakfast that is given there. 

Journey to England. 

Mr. B came to England with twelve other Englishmen, and they had to go 

through some very trying ordeals before getting out of Russia. They were packed in 
two cattle trucks, and it took them sixty-eight hours instead of twelve to get from 
Moscow to Petrograd. They had to clo their own stoking and find their own fuel, &c, 
and they also had to feed the engine driver. 

During the journey one Bolshevik women told Mr. B that all the railway men 

ought to be shot as they were hostile to the Bolsheviks. 

Between the big stations only two trains run a day : one in the morning and one 
at night. The whole question of transport is exceedingly bad 

Mr. C , formerly with T and Co., and then with Moscow branch of 

Anglo-Russian Commission, left Russia on the 21st January. 

Factories and Workmen. 

All factories nationalised; only about half of them working. Men all anti- 
Bolshevik. Very discontented with conditions of life, and with the working of the 
factories. Conditions getting worse and worse every day. Great many of the men 
have gone to the country, as it is practically impossible to live in the towns. 

Mr. C , after leaving Anglo-Russian Commission, went to the factory where he 

used to work to seek employment, but the factory had been nationalised and they 
refused to employ him, saying he was a counter-revolutionary (because an Englishman). 

At one time Mr. C lived near cotton mill belonging to L . All the 

workmen there are against the Bolsheviks and very discontented, but they have to go 
on working for the Bolsheviks in order to live. Factory works about three days a week 
on a 6-hour day. Often have to stop work for a week or two because there is no fuel or 
no cotton left ; have to wait until new supply comes in. Very often about ten factories 
combine and work under a common directorship ; this is done in order that one factory 
may exchange with another whatever is wanted. If one of these factories is closed 
down, the village members of the other factories are discharged, and the men from the 
old factory employed in their places. 

In Petrograd more attempts to strike than in Moscow ; this is because in Moscow 
the workmen are more under the power of the Government, and they do not dare to 
strike. Even if they did there is nothing to gain by it, for the Government would 
simply stop their wages, discharge a good many, and probably cancel their bread cards. 


In Moscow all shops are closed, with the exception of Soviet shops. All hotels 
taken up long ago by Red Guard detachments, &c. Nothing can be purchased from 
the shops without a ticket or order, and this ticket can only be obtained by a Soviet 
worker, and even he has to go from one place to another before the ticket is legal. 
First he has to get a ticket from his factory, then he has to go to his trade union, and 
so on, before he is entitled to buy anything. An ordinary man is unable to purchase 

Fur coats, which had been requisitioned by the Soviet, were sold at the Soviet 
shops for, say, two, three or four hundred roubles. The next day the same' fur coats 
were sold down in the thieves' market for about 7,000 roubles. 

Mr. C sold a very old suit (privately, as public selling is forbidden), for which 

he got 600 roubles. 


Services are not held in the church because there is no fuel to heat the building. 
As there are only a few people left to attend services, the priest holds them in his own 

When Red Guards are sent from Moscow to the front there is often a row at the 
station, and guns are taken from them. When they eventually arrive at front, often 
only half of original number present, the rest having escaped. The Red Guards are 
quite content to receive good pay, &c, but they are not anxious to fight. 

Theatres still running very well. Actors are greatly privileged, being placed in 
first category, &c. 

Bookshops distribute literature free in the villages, and in Moscow it is sold very 
cheap. No tickets required for books. 

Between 50 and 100 Englishmen left in Moscow. 

Mr. D , who has been in Russia for three or four years, left Moscow on the 

21st January. 

Mr. D was giving private lessons all the time he was in Russia, but during the 

last month or so he went as a teacher of French to one of the lower grade schools in 
Moscow. The reason for this was that he found it practically impossible to live on the 
fourth category, and by going to a school he was transferred to the third category. 

Discipline in the school very bad indeed. The only reason why children or 
teachers went to school at all was in order to get the food supplied there. 

Food Conditions were very bad indeed. No provision shops open in Moscow. 
The people are all anti-Bolshevik at heart, but they have to work for the Bolsheviks 
in order to live. 

Typhus is rampant, and many people are suffering from skin diseases (Mr. D 

himself experienced this) caused from the want of fats. 

Only a few trams and trains running, and the former often have to stop for a 
day or two on account of disputes and strikes. 

The fuel question is very serious, and it is becoming more and mere acute every- 
day. Some friends of Mr. D had no means of cooking the little food they had, as 

they had no benzine, no kerosene, and no wood. People often have to cut up chairs, 
tables, &c, for firewood. 

Moscow is a dead city. Very few trams running, many shops boarded up, all 
shop-signs removed. The whole place looks deserted. The houses are all in bad 

condition, &c. But, in Mr. D 's opinion, ihe streets of Moscow are much safer now 

than they were a year ago. There is no street robbery, and the only danger now is 
being arrested in the street. 

Mr. D thinks there are still about sixty or seventy English people left in 


Bolshevik literature impresses the people to some extent, but they don't want to 
believe it. 

The people are waiting and hoping for some sort of intervention from England. 
The present position is intolerable, and practically anything would be preferable to the 
Bolshevik rule. 

Mr. E , secretary of a bank, left Russia on the 24th January. He was 

interviewed at the Foreign Office on the 21st February, and supplied the following 
information : — 

Economic Conditions. 

It is impossible to live in Petrograd, as the prices are outrageous. There are only 
two categories now, the 1st and 2nd. The 1st category consists of people working in 
the different Bolshevik works and organisations ; physical workers, their wives, and 
their children (up to 12 years of age). The 2nd category consists of all those who 
either support themselves by their own labour (either mental or physical), and do not 
live by interest on accrued capital, or who do not use the fruits of other people's 
labour. The Red Guards are always considered first, and practically form a category 


of their own, which is higher than either the 1st or 2nd. Officially, the 1st category 
ought to receive 1 lb. of bread a day, and the 2nd -f-lb., but in reality the amount 
varies from day to day, according to the supplies. The 3rd and 4th categories have 
been done away with altogether ; consequently, there are a great many people who are 
in no category at all. The Bolsheviks published statistics showing that the 4th 
category was not necessary, as there were so few members. This proves that the 
4th category people have either been exterminated or have been forced to work under 
the Bolsheviks in order to live. Three months ago, a decree was issued saying that all 
those about to enter the 1st category must produce a certificate from their trade 
organisation. As a result of this decree, practically all the men joined a 
trade organisation, and, as every trade organisation is controlled by the Bolsheviks, 
the Bolsheviks in this way got more men under their power. 

The " category " people can only go to municipal shops (as a matter of fact, all 
other shops are closed). The latest prices of goods in Petrograd were : bread 1 r. 
50 c. a lb. at a municipal shop, but 20 roubles a lb. if bought outside (from Red 
Guards, sackmen, &c.) ; butter 75 roubles a lb. if bought outside — no fats of any 
description sold at municipal shops ; sugar, which was only available about once 
a month, 1 r. 50 c. a lb. at municipal shops, and otherwise 80 roubles. Meat 
was sometimes obtainable at the market ; as a matter of fact, it was supposed to 
be sold by card system, but it was generally sold in an underhand manner at the 
market. Beef 23 roubles a lb. ; veal 26 roubles ; pork 45 roubles. Meat was also 
obtainable from the sackmen. The Bolsheviks try to stop these sackmen, who go from 
house to house selling food. 

The category people do not get their supplies regularly, or the full amount they 
are entitled to. The Supply Committee publishes in the paper from day to day what 
food is available, and what each category is allotted. 

Financial Situation. 

It is very difficult to draw any large amount of money out of a bank. The 
Bolsheviks allow 1,000 roubles a month to be taken out from an account, but even this 
has become more difficult lately, as they have just issued a decree that a man must get 
either his House Committee or some other Bolshevik organisation to state that he is 
really in need of money. But by means of bribery, men draw out hundreds of 
thousands of roubles. All the banks have been nationalised, and now they are 
centralised. A decree was published a little while ago sa3^ing that, if a man had an 
account in three or four banks, he must choose one bank, and put all his money into 
that. If this decree was not obeyed, the Bolsheviks simply took all his money away. 
By this means the Bolsheviks can tell exactly how much money each man has. 

If a new account was opened on the 1st January, 1918, the depositor was allowed, 
in principle, to draw out his money freely ; but in practice this was not so. When the 
banks were nationalised new money could be taken out as desired (again only in 
principle). But when, about six weeks ago, the new decree about centralising all 
accounts was published, the position of affairs was altered. For example, if a man 
had 5,000 roubles in his new account, and 100,000 roubles in his old account, he could 
transfer his old account to his new account, so making 105,000 roubles in all. But, 
according to this decree, he was only allowed to draw to the amount of 5,000 roubles, 
as the old account was considered " barred." For transferring an account from one 
bank to another the commissars charged 25 per cent. 


There are frequent strikes in factories, which often have to be put down by force. 
About six weeks ago there was a strike in the Putilof works. Trotski in a speech 
made a definite threat to use force if the men did not go back. As a result of this the 
strike was settled with only a few arrests taking place. 

About two months ago there was an election for the Workmen's Committee in the 
Putilof Works, and this resulted in a majority for the Social Revolutionaries. The 
Bolsheviks would not consent to this, and there had to be another election. This 
shows that, in spite of the Workmen's Committees, the Bolsheviks are really in control 
If the workmen get too independent, the Government simply closes the factory down ; 
and if the Committee is troublesome the same thing happens, unless a new Committee 
is appointed. All members of the Committee have to be Communists, or in sympathy 
with the Communists. Often a factory has to close down for lack of fuel or certain 



machinery, but the men who are thus thrown out of work are given an unemployment 

House Committees. 

Mr. E was a member of his House Committee in order to get put into the 

second category. The chief duties of the House Committee are to see that the different 
decrees of the Bolsheviks are carried out. If these are not carried out the Committee 
is held responsible, and is either fined or imprisoned. The Committee is forced to buy 
one newspaper a day in order to follow the decrees, as ihe Bolsheviks only publish 
their decrees in the newspaper. By this means practically everyone has to read the 
papers, and as only Bolshevik papers are allowed to be published their propaganda is 
seen by everyone. 

General Conditions. 

All the streets are deserted, and there is no life at all. The Nevski is practically 
empty, and most of the shops are shut. But perfect order reigns in the streets ; there 
is no looting or robbery. 

There are hardly any executions now r . This is due to the fact that the people's 
spirit has been broken, and that they now offer no opposition. 

All restaurants are closed, with the exception of municipal restaurants and cafes. 
In an ordinary cafe a cup of tea, without milk or sugar, costs 1 rouble, and coffee, 

Services still continue to be held in the churches, and on the whole thev are w^ell 
attended. The congregation is chiefly composed of women, but on the Russian 
New r Year's Eve there w r ere many men there. The priests, who used to be in the 
fourth category, are now in no category at all. 


In Mr. E 's opinion Allied intervention would be very welcome. He thinks 

50,000 troops would be ample, and that the Bolsheviks would not be able to rouse any 
opposition against us. In fact, the Red Guard officers would be among the first to 
join our ranks. Everybody is hoping and praying that the Allies will intervene, and 
they would be welcomed with open arms everywhere. 


Russians crossing the border from Russia into Finland are now, in the majority of 
cases, sent back to Russia again, unless they have some very strong influence in 
Finland itself. 


Mr. F , who has returned from Vladimir, states that he had his factory goin 

right, up to the day of his departure from M on the bTh February. 

Before the revolution the output was : — 

1,100 poods (roughly 400 ewt.) yarn daily. 
800 pieces cloth. 
The latest figures were for January 1919 : — 

550 poods (roughly 200 cwt.) yarn daily. 
500 pieces cloth. 

Out of 6,500 workmen there were not 200 convinced Bolsheviks. The majority 
were kept in order by pure terrorism, of which there were many examples within a 

radius of 40 versts of M- -, When peasants refused to supply grain and cattle, and 

rose to protect their property, a Bolshevik force soon appeared in the neighbourhood, 
and if any resistance was offered, the whole village was wiped out. Usually, the 
peasants gave in at the first shot, a number of ringleaders w 7 ould then be shot on the 
bpot, and a number would be taken off to Moscow to prison. 




Typhus is rapidly spreading in the country and the capitals. The average 
number of cases taken off trains arriving at the Kasan station, Moscow, «is twenty per 
train. At the Kursk Station in Moscow,' typhus cases lie about the waiting halls. The 
hospitals are so full that patients are left in the corridor. 

Sanitary Conditions. 

In places where people congregate, such as railway stations, market places, &c, 
the sanitary conditions are terrible. With the thawing of the snow the epidemic 
which has reached enormous proportions during the winter frosts, will naturally 
increase in violence. 


The Kazan railway runs one passenger train each way to Kazan. This railway 
used to bring 40 per cent, of the food into Moscow. It now runs an average of three 
goods trains each way per day. 

Red Army. 

No one wants to join the Red Army now except the worst elements of the people. 
If a conscript deserts in the town where he joins, his parents or wife are treated with 
extreme brutality, sometimes being shot. But desertion often takes place while troops 
are going to the " front." Under these latter circumstances, the Bolsheviks are unable 
to trace their relations, so they are not touched. 

Mr. F considers one of the inducements to fight is that, if the Red Army 

breaks through the enemy it usually finds large stores of food. 

No. 58. 
The Progress of Bolshevism in Russia. 

Memorandum by Mr. B . 

The Russian Government. — There has now been time for considerable organisa- 
tion of the Bolshevik Government. Russia has been divided into four Federal 
Republics : — 

(1.) Commune of the North. 

(2.) Commune of the West. 

(3.) Central Commune. 

(4.) Commune of the Volga. 

The first is composed of the Governments of Petrograd, Archangel, Viatka, 
Vologda, part of the Government of Pskov, Novgorod, Tcherepovetz and Olonetz. 

The second comprises the Governments of Vitebsk, Smolensk and Pskov. 

The third the Governments of Moscow, Orel, Koursk, Toula, Tver, Nijni- 
Novgorod, Voronege. 

The fourth those of Kazan, Simbirsk, Saratov and Perm. 

Each town is provided with its Council of Deputies and its Commission for 
fighting counter-revolution, sabotage and speculation. Each district besides has 
its Council of Deputies (Sovdep) and its Extraordinary Commission. These insti- 
tutions direct all local affairs, but they are all subject to the authority of the Central 
Executive Committee, which sits at Moscow. The pan-Russian Extraordinary 
Commission^ against counter-revolution, &c, also sits at Moscow. The members 
of these bodies are supposed to be elected by the pan -Russian Congress of Workmen, 
Peasants, Red Guards, Sailors and Cossack Deputies ; foreign affairs are under the 


exclusive management of George Tchitcherine. The Central Committee is composed 
as follows : — 




Spiez ... 






Military and Naval Commissary. 

Foreign Affairs. 

Commissary of Labour. 

Interior (ex-Professor of History at Moscow). 


Commissary of Roads and Communications. A 
former engineer at the Ministr}^. 

Lenin's wife, social assistant. 

Justice. Formerly a Deputy of the Petrograd 

Tziouroupa Minister of Food. 

Bontch-Brouevitch .. Business Manager. 

The Red Army. — On the 25th October, 1918, the Bolshevik troops of Petrograd 
and the neighbourhood numbered hardly more than two divisions. Regimental 
committees have been abolished throughout the Army, and the power was transferred 
to military commissaries, who were charged with attending to' the political moral. 
The Bolsneviks have neglected no means for increasing the number of their troops. 
Disabled soldiers of the old Army released from Germany are concentrated on theii 
arrival either at Petrograd or Moscow and quartered with soldiers of the Red Guard. 
They are left without clothing, with insufficient rations, and without medical 
attendance, while the Red Guard, with whom they are mingled, is well fed, clothed, 
and amply supplied with money. When they complain, the answer is: "Enrol in 
the Red Guard." Refractory cases are cruelly treated. At the head of the Red 
Guard is a former colonel of the staff, a Lett named Vatatis. Each soldier receives 
300 to 500 roubles a month, equipment, food on a higher scale than all the other 
categories, and a promise to support his family in the event of death ; but, in spite 
of their privileged situation, the Red Guard have not the confidence of the 
Government, and, as intercepted letters show, many of them are disaffected. The 
real reliance of the Government is placed in the "International Battalions of the 
Army," which are formed of Letts and Chinese, who are used as punitive companies 
both in the Army and in the interior. Theoretically, the International Battalions 
are on an equality with the Red Guard, but actually they are far better paid, and 
they can count on absolute immunity for the excesses they commit against the 
wretched civil population which is left at their mercy. There is compulsory military 
instruction in the towns for all men between 17 and 40, in the form of drills twice a 
week. While its cohesion lasts, the Bolshevik Army is an incontestable force. 

The Terror. — All assemblies except those organised by the Bolsheviks are 
forbidden in the towns. Anti-Bolshevik meetings are dispersed by armed force and 
their organisers shot. No Press exists except the Bolshevik Press. The Bolsheviks 
organise Sunday reunions, in which such subjects as, "Should one enrol in the Red 
Guards?"; "Who will give us our daily bread?"; "The world revolution," &c, are 

So effective is the Terror that no one dares to engage in anti-Bolshevik 
propaganda. People have been arrested for a simple telephonic conversation, in 
which the terms seemed ambiguous or could be interpreted as adverse to the 
Bolsheviks. An arrest is the prelude to every kind of corruption; the rich have to 
pay huge exactions to intermediaries, who are usually Jews, before they can obtain 
their release. 

Latterly "mass arrests" have come into fashion. It was thought at first that 
these were ordered by the Extraordinary Commission against counter-revolution, but 
it is now known that they are ordered by a special Revolutionary Committee called 
for short " The Three," because it consists of three members. This committee is 
independent of the Extraordinary Commission and is controlled only by the 
Commissary of War. Persons arrested by its orders have never been seen again. 

The proceedings of this committee are kept secret; its very composition is 
unknown to the public. 

It has already been mentioned that the Red Guard is disaffected. A lettei 
from a sailor named Borzof, written on the eve of going to the front, says, " The 
authorities seem to think that we are going to support tne interests of the Soviets, 
but they are greatly mistaken. All the sailors are otherwise inclined . . . many 

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of them go simply to avoid hunger. ... I think there will be an end to all this 
•very soon; the Allies will overpower us." Another letter from Petrograd says, " We 
hear that Petrograd, before any other Russian town, will be in touch with Europe, 
but in the meantime half the inhabitants there are dying from hunger and typhoid 
fever." These letters and others were sent by the Russian Censor to the Extra- 
ordinary Commission for fighting the counter-revolution, and no doubt the writers 
have already been dealt with in the usual way. 

There is, of course, in Russia a public opinion quite outside the Bolsheviks— an 
opinion which longs ardently for any kind of intervention — Allied or German — 
which will put an end to the present state of anarchy. So far it has expressed itself 
only in half-hearted insurrections, as for example that of Yaroslav and the 
assassination of Mirbach, &c. Nevertheless, in spite of the apparent stability of 
the Bolshevik Government, in spite of the ineptitude of its opponents, there are 
signs that the Terrorist Oligarchy is tottering. It is indeed impossible to believe 
that a Government, financially bankrupt and unable to feed its population, can 
survive for very long, however drastically it attempts to govern by terror. A 
neutral in Petrograd said recently that hatred towards the Government 
and everybody connected with it is spreading among all classes of the population, 
including peasants and the working men. The end will probably come quite suddenly 
as it did in the French Terror. 

The anti-Bolshevik parties are considering all sorts of devices for discrediting 
the Bolsheviks. One is to flood the country with false currency, in order to throw 
discredit on the Soviets ; another, to seize the printing office, where bank notes are 
produced, atPetrograd; another, to obtain employment in Government offices for 
the purpose of furnishing information to their Party, which is being conducted by 
Boris Asvinkof . Even the working class of the two capitals is divided and there 
is a considerable anti-Bolshevik party. The general opinion of the educated classes 
is that a force of half a million would suffice to overthrow the Bolsheviks with very 
few losses. 

Bolshevik Administration . — One is startled from time to time by hearing that 
some well-known man of education has joined the Bolsheviks, such for instance as 
Maxim Gorki and the famous singer Chaliapin. The fact is that there are many 
specious things in the Bolshevik creed designed to capture persons of all shades of 
opinion. It is not usually with the principles of a system of Government that fault 
can be found, but in the application of the principles, and when these applied by 
ruffians, such as the Terrorists of the French and the Russian Revolutions, the 
principles fall into ruin. Rose-coloured accounts of the Bolshevik regime 
are written by persons who have only the principles to go by. Take, 
for example, the housing question. Some families have more rooms thaa 
they can live in, others have to live in one room, others again have 
no room at all. The Bolshevik Government commandeers a large house and lets 
it to indigent persons, so that all have equal housing accommodation. The house is 
managed by a committee and the only person who dislikes the arrangement is the 
owner of the house. The rationing is another instance. There are four categories. 
No. 1 entitles those engaged in heavy manual work to | lb. of bread and five herrings 
a day, and No. 4, the lowest in the scale,- giving in fact the right to ^ lb. of bread 
per diem, is prescribed for those who employ other people. No. 4 is a very 
cogent weapon for persuading people to enlist in the Red Guard or other unpopular 

National economy is managed by a Superior Council sitting at Moscow, which 
nominally administers the industry, exports and imports for the whole country, but, 
in practice, all industry and commerce being paralysed, it has very little to do. 
There is food administration in each district, partly under the control of the Food 
Commissariat and partly under the Council of National Economy. Expeditionary 
corps, composed of Volunteers and Red Guards, are used to requisition corn from 
the peasants, who will not give it willingly because the price is fixed ait a lower 
rate than the cost of production. These expeditionary corps carry away all the food 
on which they can lay their hands, leaving the peasants what is strictly necessary; 
it is in fact a kind of organised brigandage. Corps of the same kind exist in the 
mills and factories with not less than 1,000 employees. They requisition the food 
necessary for the maintenance of themselves and the factory hands. 

Much is made among the Bolshevik sympathisers in England of the Bolshevik 
system of public education, but it is easy to acquire merit for any educational system 
in a country where there was practically no elementary education before the revolu- 


tion. It is also true that the opera and the theatres are kept running, but I am 
assured that the opera performed to an empty house until the Government gave 
orders that it was to be filled. Such methods of window dressing are not unknown 
in other countries. 

The following is a list of prices for foodstuffs and clothing current on the 15th 
of December: — 

™ Roubles. 

Potatoes (mostly rotten) ... ... ... 10 per lb. 

... 9-10 





Salt fish (bad condition) 

Bread (by card, scarce) 

Bread (in open market) 

Pork (scarce) 

Beef (scarce) 

Sugar (scarce) 

Tea (scarce) ... ... 100 

Coffee (none to be had at any price) 

Butter (salted) ... ... ... ... 75 ,, 

Butter (unsalted) ... ... ... ... 80 „ 

(The Russian lb. is 2 oz. lighter than our lb.) 
Suit of clothes (very ordinary) ... ... 800-900 

Shoes (poor quality) ... ... ... ... 400 

Cotton (only by card) .. . (for a piece 26-in. square) 15-16 

Other reports show that Bolshevism is still a potent force in Siberia and that 
Bolsheviks are in close touch with those in European Eussia. 

In destroying the fabric of society the Bolsheviks appear to be adopting the 
methods of " skyscrapers " in New York, which is to dig out everything to a depth 
of 300 ft. in order to erect a new and stable edifice. They have said more than once 
that unless they can by propaganda induce a sympathetic revolution m other 
countries their fate must be sealed; and the fever of propaganda which now possesses 
them is really a measure of self-preservation. • 

It is now reported that they are abandoning propaganda by leaflets in favour 
of personal and secret propaganda. 

No. 59. 
The Progress of Bolshevism A broad. 

Memorandum by Mr. B — — . 

FROM a report recently received from a former Russian statesman, it certainly 
appears that Bolshevism is dying at its roots. He says that the split between the 
Lenin and Trotsky group has become menacing. The few idealists that still remain 
among the Bolsheviks are seeing their ideas falling to pieces one after another, while 
a world revolution is still hanging fire. The leaders, who have full details of the 
position of Bolshevism both in Russia and abroad, clearly foresee their downfall, 
and admit their discouragement in private conversation with their friends. The 
" middle ' Bolsheviks, i.e., the Commissars, Soviet' staff, and officers of the Red 
Army, knowing nothing of the progress of events except what they read in the 
Bolshevik press, are less dismayed. They still believe in the eventual victory of 
Bolshevism in Germany, and are looking forward to disturbances in England, but 
many of them are already looking out for hiding places, and it is believed that they 
will desert the Bolsheviks as soon as there is another revolution. 

The minor Bolsheviks, Communist workmen, &c, are not concerned with politics 
at all. Their sole preoccupation is the question of food. Those who are living at the 
Smolny seem to be convinced of the early downfall of the Soviet Government, owing 
to disorganisation in the Red Army, revolts in the villages, and famine. Many of 
them are returning to their homes and throwing off the mask of Bolshevism. The 
mass of the townspeople are terrorized and incapable of any independent action. 

Under-feeding is having its effect, and the epidemics of typhus, small-pox, and 
influenza are spreading rapidly. In the Obuchof hospital, during December, the 
mortality amounted to 14,000. During that month the population of Petrograd fell 

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by 105,000. Next to disease and famine, the absence of fuel is the worst scourge. 
All this presses terribly upon the prisoners, who are now thrust eight into a cell 
intended for one person, and fed upon putrid herrings and soup made from potato 
peel. Typhoid, small-pox, and influenza cases are left in the same cell with un- 
infected persons, and in the quarantine cells eight to ten patients lie together. 

There is complete disorganisation of transport. The Bolsheviks are doing all 
they can to postpone the day of complete breakdown by giving superior diet to the 
railway workers, who are very discontented. 

The Red Army continues to hold together, but its moral is said to have declined. 
The moral of the fleet is in a dangerous state. Many of the sailors have amassed a 
fortune during, the past year, and they believe that they can only retain it by 
bringing in a bourgeois Government. They are now not only discontented, but anti- 
Bolshevik. In the beginning of January they demanded the removal of commissars 
from the ships, which was done. An attempt made by the Government to send the 
sailors to the front was disastrous. They refused to go, and refused to be disarmed 
The relations between the sailors and officers have lately improved, and the Bolshevik 
leaders are aware of the danger of having in the very centre of Petrograd a compact 
armed force hostile to them. All that the sailors need for taking action is a leader. 

There is no Labour question in Petrograd because there are no capitalists, no 
trade, and no industry. The workmen, who used to number hundreds of thousands, 
may now be counted in thousands. Many of them have taken service under the 
Bolsheviks, and are employed in various commissariats and committees. Large 
numbers have drifted away into the country. On the whole, those who remain are 
against the Bolsheviks. They control the water supply, the electric fire stations, the 
tramways, and arsenal. They appear to entertain no ill-feeling towards the 
bourgeoisie, but, on the other hand, they are quite inarticulate, as to the form of 
Government they would prefer. 

At the Putilof Works anti-Semitism is growing, probably because the food 
supply committees are entirely in the hands of Jews — and voices can be heard some- 
times calling for a " pogrom." 

In the railway workshops the men are split into two parties — Bolshevik and 
anti-Bolshevik. The Government is carrying on a feverish propaganda among them, 
but without much effect. The womenfolk are specially counter-revolutionary, 
probably because they feel the want of food more severely. The workmen are 
generally opposed to the Red Army and against war of any kind. 

The food supply, in which there was a temporary improvement during January, 
has again become hopeless. In Petrograd there is no reserve of food. 

The peasants in the Northern governments are generally anti-Bolshevik, but the 
feeling varies in the different governments, and is most hostile where requisitions 
have been made. The "Committees of the Poor" are avoided by respectable 
peasants. Members of those committees — numbering sometimes 20 per cent, of the 
population — do no work and live at the expense of the local peasants by requisition. 
This led to revolts in January in several districts. Nearly all the peasants are 
armed, some even having machine guns and a supply of cartridges. They have 
ceased to take the slightest interest in politics. What they need is cloth and iron, as 
well as food. 

The most interesting feature in the report is the statement that, both in the 
towns and villages, there is a reawakening of religion. At Kolpin the churches are 
overcrowded; the propaganda of Ivan Tchirikof is meeting with success; 
Pashkovtsef's sect is growing, and new sects are appearing. In the villages also 
the priests are no longer molested and are beginning to reopen the churches. 

At the International Communist Conference at Moscow, according to the 
Russian wireless, Kamenef declared for the doctrines of Karl Marx and a pro- 
letarian dictatorship. Lenin spoke hopefully of the victory of the Social Revolution 
being secured. " In spite," he said, " of all the obstacles and the number of victims 
who may suffer in the progress of the cause, we may live to see a universal Republic 
of Soviets." There was to be a review of the Red Army for the edification of the 
foreign delegates. 

The Red Army is flooded with propaganda literature, and Trotsky is conducting 
a series of mass meetings. The propaganda trains are decorated fantastically^ in 
order to make an impression on the soldiers. Trotsky's present theme is the coming 
of the Socialistic State. Stoppage of work in factories is almost universal, not only 
from the lack of fuel, but from strikes. 

The Russian wireless has issued a statement that the Government, although not 


recognising the Berne Conference as representative of the working classes, will allow 
the Commission to travel through Russia, just as they would allow any bourgeois 
Commission to do the same, but they enquire whether the Governments of the- various 
countries' representatives will allow a Bolshevik Commission to inspect their 

A man named J , who has arrived in Norway from Russia, states that he 

was employed as engineer at a printing works. In the spring of 1918 the press was 
taken over by the Soviet Government, and was employed in printing propaganda in 
many languages — -"Every language," he says, "except Russian." Most of the 
matter printed was in German, but there was a good deal of English too, as well as 
leaflets in Asiatic languages, for which purpose type was purchased in India. He 
specially remembered Sanscrit and Hindustani. 

The efforts of the Bolsheviks to corrupt the Allied soldiers" at Archangel are 
reported to be futile. Specimens of the literature dropped by Bolshevik aeroplanes 
comprised English translations of manifestoes by Lenin and Petrof , a man who was 
charged in connection with the Houndsditch murders. 

There, are many reports about the printing of forged notes for the various Allied 
countries, and the £1 note is reported to be forged in enormous quantities. The 
only forged notes now being circulated in this country are very crude, and are quite 
unworthy of the style of note printing for which the Russians used to be famous. 
Most of the forgery has been badly executed by hand on inferior paper. 

No. 60. 

Appreciation of the Economic Situation, Compiled from Statistics in the 

Possession of His Majesty's Government. 

1. Bolshevik Financial Methods and. Bolshevik Currency. 

(a.) General. — We see throughout the area controlled by the Bolshevik Auto- 
cracy a destruction of the industrial and commercial system which has been based on 
the models of Western civilisation. 

Bond fide commerce and industry is at a standstill, necessities of life are scarce 
and obtainable only at exorbitant prices, expressed in terms of a depreciated currency 
issued without regard to sound principles of finance. 

The peasants employed in agriculture and thus controlling the essential products 
of the soil are less imbued with Bolshevism than the factory hands and town dwellers. 
They will not sell their supplies for a depreciated currency, but part with them only 
in exchange for the necessary products of those trades and industries, mainly centred 
in the towns, which Bolshevism has paralysed or destroyed. 

There can be no two opinions as to the fact that the basis of national and inter- 
national trade and industry is vitally bound up with the banking system. If, there- 
fore, the situation created by the nationalisation of all Russian banks is examined, 
it will go far to show that the assertion freely made that the banking system has 
completely broken down is perfectly justifiable, and further that, this being so, trade 
and industry in the accepted sense, when they are not at a standstill, are at any rate 
not being conducted on an economically sound basis. The paralysing effect which 
Bolshevik decrees have had upon trade and industry may be thus illustrated: 

{o.) The Nationalisation of Bank Balances. — In effect, this is a provision by 
which all current accounts become governmentally controlled. Permits to draw on 
-such accounts are granted up to 1,000 roubles per month, without any regard to the 
amount standing to the credit balance of such accounts. As a result, no individual 
commercial house, shop or business of any kind, which is not controlled by a duly 
authorized Bolshevik committee, has a credit value of more than 1,000 roubles per 
month. If it be taken into consideration that the life of any such Bolshevik com- 
mittee is very precarious and depends to a great extent on the number of bayonets 
supporting it, it will be clearly understood that the ordinary system of trade and 
industrial credits has ceased to exist. 

All securities, including Government stocks, Treasury bills, bank, trading, and 
industrial stocks and shares have been nationalised. After a rough and ready valua- 

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tion, holders of such securities are credited with a cash balance, subject, of course, to 
the embargo mentioned. 

A few comments are illuminating evidence of Bolshevik failure: — 

The " People's " Bank can hardly claim any depositors, despite the fact that the 
last banking institution (Moscow Narodni Bank) which remained outside the 
nationalisation decree was taken under Government control about two months ago. 
In other words, the " People's" Bank, the only remaining bank, inspires no confi- 
dence. This lack of confidence arises from several different causes. 'Among them 
may be numbered the absolute insecurity arising out of the wholesale corruption 
prevalent throughout the Bolshevik administration, and particularly in the Bank 

The malversation of incredibly large sums of money is of daily occurrence. Other 
causes are the insufficiency and incompetence of the bank staffs. In fact, the interest 
of 3 per cent, payable on all bank balances is hardly ever credited. It is no exaggera- 
tion to state that under the Bolshevik financial regulations there has been a complete 
breakdown of the credit system. The cheque has fallen into disuse. There are no 
longer any securities to enable a trade or an industry to obtain credit, and loans 
cannot be raised. 

It may be well asserted that, with production ever on the decrease (in some 
industries it has fallen to 5 per cent, of the normal) and consumption on a starvation 
basis (e.g., the population of Petrograd, owing mainly to emigration consequent on 
unemployment and disease, has dwindled from *2\ millions to about 650,000 to 
700,000), the economic system in Russia under Bolshevik influence has had the 
disastrous results of completely paralysing the trade and industry of the country. 

A conclusive proof of Bolshevik economic bankruptcy is afforded by their latest 
budget statement for 1919. which runs as follows, in round figures: — 


28 milliards of roubles 


Deficit to be covered by fresh issues of paper 

Taxes ... ... ... ... ... 2 milliards of roubles. 

Contributions from the "'Bourgeois classes" 10 
currency ... ... ... ... 16 

JJ 5> 

35 )3 

Total 28 


(c.) Ukraine. — The first Bolshevik invasion of the Ukraine destroyed, as it did 
in Northern Russia, the existing trade and industrial life of the country. It failed, 
as it has done in Northern Russia, to construct trade and industry on a new basis. 
The occupation by Germany of the Ukraine re-imposed the old order of things. 
However much the economic life of the Ukraine must have suffered from these two 
violent and rapid changes, as an illustration of the confidence restored by the over- 
throw of Bolshevism, even by a foreign enemy— the re-opening of the private banks 
at Kieff under their old management may be quoted. Hundreds of would-be 
depositors of millions of roubles beseiged these banks for days in succession. It is 
indeed a justifiable presumption that should the Bolsheviks again make themselves 
masters of the Ukraine, with the greater experience they have acquired since their 
first inroad into that country, their demolition of trade and industry will be more 
thorough than on the former occasion. Here as elsewhere under the Bolshevik rule, 
there will then be the same absence of security for capital and industry and the 
almost equal lack of security for life itself. 

(d.) Notes on Bolshevik currency. — The following observations with regard to 
the Bolshevik currency situation are of interest: — 

(1.) The Bolshevik Government have lost large amounts of bullion, and have 
no possibility of attaining any fresh cover to their paper issue. 

(2.) An issue of two milliards of paper monthly still continues. 

(3.) It appears that the Bolshevik Government have never dared to issue paper 
money of their own, having relied on fresh issues of Kerensky money, 
which is still accepted by the people, and probably on illicit issues of, 
ostensibly, Czar roubles. 


In the event of the people ceasing to accept the present paper currency, and of 
no organisation of barter being established in its place, disaster must finally overtake 
the Bolshevik regime. 

2. Bolshevik Relations with the Zemstvos. 

The nearest English equivalents to the Zemstvos are the Rural District Councils 
and the Local Government Board. 

They have proved of the greatest assistance during the war. Without the 
Union of Zemstvos it is doubtful if the Quartermaster General's department of the 
Russian army could have coped with the situation, as they undertook practically the 
whole of the food organisation. It is stated that the late Czar credited them with 
political intrigue, and wished to disband them, but this was vigorously resisted by 
the Grand Duke Nicholas, then Commander-in-Chief of the Russian army. Under 
Kerensky the Zemstvos were reorganised and their power amplified. It was pro- 
jected that they should form the electoral machinery for the Constituent Asse?nbly, 
but this scheme was not in full working order at the time the Bolsheviks seized power. 
The Bolsheviks, realising that they had to deal with a body practically controlling 
the agricultural supplies of the country, were very careful in their attitude at first. 
The Bolsheviks attacked the members of the Zemstvos on the ground that individually 
they were counter-revolutionary, but went no further until, with increasing power, 
they felt strong enough to assail the executive branches and finally the whole system. 
Their purpose was two-fold: — 

(1.) To destroy the machinery for the election of a Constituent Assembly. 
(2.) To obtain complete domination over the peasantry, and consequently the 
handling of rural produce. 

Domination of the peasantry they have never really obtained, but they sowed 
distrust against the Zemstvos by suggesting that these bodies were retarding the 
distribution of the land. The destruction of the authority of the Zemstvos was not 
replaced by confidence in the Bolsheviks. The peasants refused to place their 
produce on the markets as it was so often sequestrated. They demanded clothing, 
agricultural machinery and household goods, and refused the paper money which 
was of no use to them. The vicious circle was established of complaint by the work- 
people that the peasants would not supply food, and on the peasants' side that the 
workpeople would not supply the implements necessary for their toil. Result- 
chaos and famine. 

3. Bolshevik Relations with Co-operative Societies. 

These are closely allied to the Zemstvos, but have no administrative functions 
The Bolsheviks were very chary of interference with these bodies in the earlier stage, 
recognising that they were the embodiment of one branch of socialist thought. The 
Co-operative Societies were, and are, a body of considerable power representing the 
financial interests of a large proportion of the peasant population. The "People's ' 
Bank in Moscow, which was practically owned by the Co-operatives, was for a time 
allowed almost unrestricted freedom of action. 

A very large percentage of Russian raw material passes through the hands of 
the Co-operatives, and the Bolsheviks realise that resumption of trade relationship 
with other countries is in no small way dependent on this functioning of the 
Co-operatives. These latter have stoutly defended their rights, and many collisions 
have occurred in the attempts of the Bolsheviks to sequestrate money and goods 
belonging to them. 

Should the Bolsheviks succeed in the domination of the Co-operatives it will be 
another blow to the possibilities of reconstruction of Russian economic life. 

4. Nationalisation of Industry. 

First attempts at the nationalisation of industry were carried out at the Putilof 
(the Russian Krupps) and the Oboukhovski Gun. Works near Petrograd. These 
works, in fact, provided the nucleus of the workmen's army under the Bolshevik 
regime, as they had also been among the first insurrectionists in the earlier revolution. „ 

The nationalisation of factories developed until it included all the Petrograd 
works, and was eventually extended to Moscow. 

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Having ordained the nationalisation of industry, extraordinary measures were 
adopted by the Bolsheviks in their endeavours to secure apparent success for their 
schemes. When it was realised that factories could not survive the removal of the 
brains of the industry represented by the owners, managers and staffs, laws were 
passed to "protect' the workpeople; among others, a regulation that no workman 
could be dismissed on grounds of ill-health, incapacity, or idleness. Such questions 
tiad to be referred to the Workmen's Committee, who invariably sided with the 
employee. If a workman was called up as a ' Red Guard " he was entitled to 
demand from his employer full pay during his absence on service, and in certain 
cases 70 per cent, of the workpeople being absent as Red Guards, the remainder 
declined to work on the ground that it was impossible to operate the factory, but 
demanded none the less full pay during their idleness. 

The technical staff in most cases followed the example of their employers in 
declining to serve except where poverty made such a course impossible. Attempts 
were made by the Soviets to enforce the attendance of the staff, who in such cases 
attended, but adopted the attitude of passive resistance, Wages increased 
and output decreased. One may mention the instance of a railway wagon works 
where, based on the number of. men employed, the wages paid and the work done, 
a completed wagon cost 180,000 roubles. Gradually the owners, either ruined or 
realising the impossibility of continuing under these conditions, have surrendered 
their works to their Soviet masters. 

5. Mining. 

(a.) General. — From 1914-1918, the mining industry passed through four 
phases — 

(i.) 1914. When output was normal, 
(ii.) 1915-1917. Increasing output, qualified by periods of decrease owing to 

injudicious mobilisation of working hands, 
(iii.) 1917. The revolution. Rapid decrease in output and increase in cost 

of working, 
(iv.) 1917. November to date. Increasing state of chaos. Nationalisation. 

Increase of wages to such an extent that the payment of workpeople had 

to be subsidised by the State. Output negligible. 

It is impossible to give in a short summary full details, but a few figures are 
quoted from reliable sources concerning key mining idustries. 

(b.) Coal. — In the Donetz basin, on which industrial Russia mainly depends, 
the first revolution in 1917 resulted in a 13 per cent, decrease. The number of pits 
working in November 1918 is given as 30, compared with 390 in normal times. 
Only the smaller pits were working, the Bolsheviks, either purposely or through 
negligence, having flooded the larger pits. As the district contains no spare plant 
or repairing units, it is impossible to resume work. The Donetz normally supplied 
about 1,505 million poods* per annum. 

Such reconstruction and resumption of work as was possible during Ukranian 
(anti-Bolshevik) occupation has ceased in the face of the present Bolshevik menace. 

The following statistics show the terrible conditions : — 


September, 1917, output 1,358,000 

October ,, ,, 1,136,000 

November ,, ,, 1,225,000 

Bolshevik regime — 

December, 1917, output 811,000 

January, 1918, ,, 491,000 

In the Ural mountains the coal production fell from a normal 6-7 million poods 
monthly to 800,000-900,000 poods monthly, i.e., an 86 per cent, decrease. 

On the 23rd January, 1919, the Council of National Economics proposed to 
close down all factories, even arsenals, in order to devote all available coal to the 

*- One pood equals 36*11281 lbs. avoirdupois. 


(c.) Iron. — The principal ironfields of Russia are in the south — the Krivoi 
Rog, supplying 75 per cent., and in the Urals. The Krivoi Rog district mined about 
3,000,000 tons of ore per annum prior to the war, employing 23,000 hands. The 
following extract from the "Frankfurter Zeitnng," 7th November, 1917, refers to 
ironworks in the Krivoi Rog : — 

At the Gdantsevski Works only 400 workmen remain. 

The Nikopol Mariupol Works, which had a normal monthly output of 500,000 

poods, produced only 17,000 poods during April, 1918, and in May, 1918. 

work stopped entirely. 
At the Donetz-Yurievska, work has been at a standstill since May, 1918. 
• At Bryansk only 2,500 workmen remain out of 6,000, the normal number. 

The Bogoslavski district in the Urals decreased in output from 250,000 poods 
per month to 200,000 and less. Up to 1st May, 1917, sums to the amount of 
195,000,000 roubles had been advanced by the Government, but hitherto with no 
visible success in the restoration of the industry. 

(d.) Summary. — The same history applies to copper, oil, manganese as has 
been touched on in iron and coal. The nationalisation, or rather total allocation 
to the local workpeople, of the works, was based on the firm belief that the profits 
shown in the past under business organisation would be maintained in the future. 
The saner elements among the workpeople and " commisars ' realised that the 
pace in wages, &c, could not be maintained, but the extremists continued to agitate, 
and eventually the Government had to subsidise the industry with its ' ' paper ' ' 
money in order to placate the extremist elements among the workpeople. 

After November 1918 owing to the rupture of relations with the Ukraine, and 
the Czecho-Slovak operations in the Urals, the Bolsheviks became dependent on the 
coal mines in the Moscow district. During the first six months of 1918 these mines 
produced 10,000,000 poods (161,300 tons) and the northern mines produced 400,000 
poods per month, or together less than 2,000,000 poods per month, whereas Petro- 
grad required 14,000,000 poods per month in normal times. 

6. — Agriculture. 

(a.) Grain. — When we come to consider the great agricultural resources of 
European Russia our attention is again directed to the Ukraine, which area, in spite 
of unsatisfactory systems of land tenure and antiquated methods of farming, pro- 
duced a large proportion of Russia's total exportable surplus of grain. It exported 
in 1913 some 33,000,000 tons of grain and, in addition, this region accounted, for 
80 per cent, of the normal production of beet sugar in Russia. 

Present production is hampered to a considerable extent, not merely by the 
original difficulties mentioned above, but by the unsettled conditions of labour and 
life generally produced by the war and the revolution. 

The pillage of private estates and stores of grain, coupled with the bad condi- 
tion of transport, has deterred production, encouraged waste and prevented the 
collection and distribution of the produce available. 

These adverse conditions have been accentuated by the deficiency of agricul- 
tural machinery. Prior to the war, nearly two-thirds of the agricultural machinery 
used in the Ukraine (and its use was then increasing, and further increase is now 
urgent, having regard to the need for improved farming), was of Russian manu- 
facture; the factories having been subsequently converted to war purposes and 
being now unable, through difficulties of labour and material, to resume their 
former activities, the Ukrainian cultivators have for some time past been compelled 
to look to outside sources for their supplies as t*hey will be equally compelled to do 
for some years to come. 

The available information as to the harvest of 1918, and as to stocks existing 
prior to that harvest, goes to show that production although much reduced is still 
substantial. In February 1918 it was estimated that stocks of grain to the extent 
of some 4,000,000 tons probably existed in the Ukraine, and that efforts to remove 
these stocks to the Central Empires would meet with only a modest degree of success, 
owing partly to the attitude of the peasants in refusing to part with their stocks, 
and in concealing them, and still more to the limited supply and poor condition of 
the available transport. Subsequently information has confirmed that the Central 
Powers have not obtained any considerable supplies from the Ukraine. 


The total area sown in the Ukraine by the end of the 1918 spring sowings, has 
been officially stated to be as high as 80 per cent, of the normal, and this statement is 
probably but little exaggerated. 

Estimates of the yield of the 1918 harvest are somewhat variable. 

On 31st August, 1918, the "Munchener Neueste Nachrichten ' ' stated that the 
Ukraine harvest was above the average and that 1,600,000 tons would be available 
for export. 

On 5th September, 1918, the "Vossische Zeitung" reported that the summer 
wheat and rye crops range from inferior to positively bad, while barley and oats were 
no better. Winter cereals, on the other hand, were above-average, or good. 

On 18th September, 1918, "Vorwarts" published an estimate, compiled from 
official data, stating that the total Ukraine harvest would show a yield of 15,040,000 
tons, of which the figures for the four principal cereals were as follow: — 


Wheat 5,000,000 

%e 3,667,000 

Barley 2,840,000 

Oats 1,800,000 

On 2nd November, 1918, the "Pester Lloyd," publishing closely corresponding 
figures, compared them with those of 1912 (not a particularly good year), which 
showed that 1918 was about 25 per cent, worse in results. This report also stated 
that the exportable surplus would be 2,600,000 tons. 

On 1st January, 1919, it was reported by the British representative at Odessa 
that good stocks of grain were lying in the. district south of the Dnieper, and west 
of a line running from Kherson to Perekop, while a large area was sown with 
winter grain. 

The harvest in Great Russia is stated to have been better than was expected, 
while in the Northern provinces a serious shortage exists of seed grain. 

(b.) Sugar. — With regard to beet sugar, of which the Ukraine area under 
cultivation in 1917 was said to be 572,000 hectares, as compared with 750,000 in 
1914, the 1918 area will certainly not have been greater than that of 1917. The 
figures for production (all Russia) are as follows: — 


1914-15 38,788,000 

1915-16 35,867,000 

1916-17 26,432,000 

1917-18 .".. ... 20,572,000 

The only report available as to 1918-19 sugar production makes it probable 
that this will fall far below even the poor result of 1917-18. 

(c.) Live-stock. — With regard to the quantity of live-stock at present held in 
Russia, the Soviet authorities have asserted that stocks have actually increased 
under their regime, and have published statistics purporting to establish their 
assertions. Low as stocks must have been when the Bolshevik government was 
established, it is not possible that they can have increased or even kept their level, 
and the Soviet statistics must be regarded as fictitious or misrepresented. The 
Soviet authorities give no explanation as to how any increased stock has been, or can 
be fed, nor do they state how stocks have increased in face of the urgent demand for 
food in the towns and the consequent high prices to be obtained for meat. 

(d.) Summary. — It thus appears that agricultural conditions in the. Ukraine 
are improving subject to the serious obstacles presented by a lack of implements 
and machinery, insufficient and defective conditions of transport and in spite of 
unsettled conditions. 

That the position in the Ukraine is no worse and thus does not approximate to 
that obtaining in Northern and Bolshevik Russia must be attributed to the com- 
parative independence from Soviet influence which the Ukraine ;has succeeded 
in maintaining. 

If, however, reports are true as to the gradual encroachment of Bolsheviks 
into Ukraine territory,, a repetition of the state of affairs existent in North Russia 
is bound to occur. Inasmuch as under normal conditions South Russia practically 


fed North Russia — the amount of wheat sent in from Siberia being proportionately 
small — disorganisation in these southern provinces would remove all hope of im 
mediate relief to Northern Russia, excepting such foodstuffs as might be imported 
from abroad. Reliance can hardly be placed on immediate relief from Siberian 
stocks, as owing to railway disorganisation, a considerable period must elapse even 
after the downfall of the Bolshevik regime before Siberian supplies could be sent 
into Russia in any quantities. 

As a contrast between jiormal conditions and the consequences of Bolshevik 
control the. following comparative statistics tell their tale. 

In pre-war times the grain situation was as follows: — 

Russia Empire total production ... ... 64,500,000 

Total interior, trading grain 
Consumption in producing area 
Total available for export ... 
Grain situation at beginning of 1918: — 
European Russia total production 
Siberia Russia total production 










Russian Empire ... 
Consumption in producing area . 
Non self-supporting districts of Northern 
Russia and Finland require . 
Total available for export ... 
Deficit in Supply 

The (above is based on normal ration (Government estimates at 2 pounds 
per man per day). 

The Food Ministrv estimates, 1917, demanded as a minimum: — 
For the Army .. . ... ... 645,000 tons per month. 

For civil population ... ... 484,000 tons per month. 

Minimum total ... 1,129,000 tons per month. 

The actual available supply proved in 1917 to be less than 50 per cent, of this 
total. It must be remembered that these supplies were essentially dependent on 
Ukraine grain being available. It may be mentioned that the Government of 
Samara, which normally contributed 800,000-900,000 tons of grain to Russia's re- 
quirement, itself, demanded help from outside in 1917. This was the state of affairs 
a year ago, matters are now still worse and even the Ukraine, according to later 
information, lacks seed grain for spring sowing. The only district approaching 
the normal is the Kuban. 

7. Transport. 

(a.) General, — Without sufficient transport the existing Bolshevik regime is 

doomed, and they appear to. have early realised the importance of obtaining control 

of the railways, although to this day they have a hard fight to maintain their 

domination, as is instanced by the hostile reception given to Radek when he 

attempted to address the Vologda Executive of the Railwaymen's Union. 

(o.) Roil transport. — The railway personnel have shown a greater resistance 
to Bolshevism than any other branch of labour in Russia. This applies in the main 
to the operating executive — the repair and workshops being contaminated at an 
early date. 

The Railwaymen's Union ' ; Veksel " in the early days of Bolshevism vigorously 
combated extremist policy, but the Bolsheviks, by careful propaganda, gradually 
replaced the executive with men favourable to their views. 

The minor officials and men on the Nicholas Railway, Petrograd- — Ekaterinburg, 
are anti-Bolshevik but are obliged to conceal their views. 

A complete deadlock was reached in Moscow in December 1917 owing to the 
political differences between the various sub-unions of railwaymen, causing 
thousands of wagons of food supplies to be left unloaded. Order was eventually 
restored by a British officer taking the matter into his own hands and appointing 
himself controller for the time being. As an instance of the state the railways 
were in in 1917, an extraordinary commission from Petrograd decided, in view of 


the food crisis in Russia, to run 20 pairs of trains per day on the Trans-Siberian 
line. The actual number run was 6 pairs. 

The present decay in the maintenance of rolling stock dates from the beginning 
of the war. A temporary increase of efficiency was produced by the introduction of 
American rolling stock, but owing to neglect and non-execution of running repairs 
as much as 37 per cent, of the American locomotives on the Siberian railway were 
out of action in February, 1918. 

The percentage in European Russia is probably* still greater. 

In the Ukraine it was computed six months ago that from 45 to 50 per cent, of 
the rolling stock required repair. Spare parts are lacking and the workshops could 
not cope with the demand, their output being diminished by the reduction of working 
hours, prohibition of overtime and abolition of piece-work. One of the most serious 
difficulties resulted from the scarcity of coal. 

The interference of the revolutionary committees in railway administration has 
not only encouraged disorder but has increased expenditure; on the South Western 
Railway alone it was reckoned that 16,000 superfluous employees were drawing pay 
at total annual rate of 46 million roubles, while for the whole Ukraine system the 
total payable to unnecessary personnel w r as computed at 200 millions of roubles per 

Under such disastrous conditions, as is only to be expected, in spite of 
enormously increased rates the railways are. working at a loss, and the deficit for 
1918 on the railways of the Ukraine has been put at 800 millions of roubles. 

(c.) River transport. — The waterways of Russia, especially the Volga, were in 
normal times served by an efficient fleet of steamers and barges. The economic life 
of Russia is in fact bound up with the river and canal systems of the country, much 
of the oil and grain and practically the whole of the timber* transport being effected 
by water. 

Nationalisation of vessels and the extremist attitude adopted by many of the 
"Artels"* of the crews, bargemen and lumberers, has brought about a serioas 
decrease in the volume of raw materials and goods carried, and thus the valuable 
means of communication afforded by the river and canal systems fails to be 
adequately utilised. 

8. Economic Prospects. 

From a consideration of the foregoing one is forced to the conclusion that the 
measures inaugurated by the Bolsheviks, and the means by which they are applied, 
can have but one end — the bankruptcy of Government and the country. 

One may be tempted to wonder that present conditions have subsisted for so 
long. Though the Bolshevik regime must be approaching a debacle, such are the 
resources and natural wealth of the country that there is still scope for a continuance 
of present Bolshevik rule. 

So long as these conditions prevail the country is deprived of the benefits of 
trade and industry, and capital is destroyed. Other countries who were the 
purchasers of Russian raw materials are cut off from these sources of supply, at a 
time when the need for reconstructing and revictualling great areas of Europe would 
have rendered the produce of Russia of special value. 

Much of Russia's actual and potential wealth remains undiminished in value, 
while circumstances cause its exploitation to be impossible. This, however, does not 
apply to its agriculture, and during every month the position becomes more acute, 
so that eventually seed grain will have been consumed for food, stocks of livestock 
exhausted, and the difficulties of restoration and reconstruction of this great territory 
will be vastly increased. 

* Workman's Associations. 


No. 61. 

Report from a reliable source, dated Petrograd t March 21. 


STRIKES at the Putilof and other factories have been the main events of interest 
during the past week. 

The outbreak was economic rather than political. The cry for !C Bread" gave 
place to a new cry, " Down with Lenin." 

Both the strikes and the rising were due in part to the instigation of the 
Social Revolutionary party. 

In the various workshops Bolshevism no longer keeps its hold, though a few factory 
committees endeavour to keep it alive. These committees are made up mainly of 
Communists, who maintain their power by manipulating the elections, and will even 
introduce total strangers in order to maintain a majority ; while they terrorise the 
workmen, and compel them to vote for the Soviet candidates. 

The workmen now regard the factory committees as Soviet spies, and believe that 
their words are passed on by agents, who claim to be Social Revolutionaries, and who 
are sent to the works in order to report on the so-called " crime " of political opposition. 

It is probable for this reason that the Social Revolutionaries had less to do with 
the rising than had the actual workmen, though the Bolsheviks would not admit this. 

On the 10th March a mass meeting was held at the Putilof works; 10,000 men 
were present, and a resolution was passed, with only twenty-two dissentients, all of 
whom were complete strangers unconnected with the works. The following extracts 
show the tenour of the resolution : — 

" We, the workmen of the Putilof Works Wharf, declare before the labouring 
classes of Russia and the world that the Bolshevik Government has betrayed the high 
ideals of the October revolution, and thus betrayed and deceived the workmen and 
peasants of Russia ; that the Bolshevik Government, acting as formerly in our names, 
is not the authority of the Proletariat and peasants, but an authority and dictatorship 
of a central committee of the Bolshevik party, self-governing with the aid of extra- 
ordinary commissions, Communists, and police. 

" We protest against the compulsion of workmen to remain at factories and works, 
and the attempt to deprive them all of elementary rights, freedom of the press, speech, 
meetings, inviolability of persons, &c. 

" We demand — 

"1. The immediate transfer of authority to a freely elected Workmen's and 

Peasants' Soviet. 
" 2. The immediate re-establishment of freedom of election at factories and works. 

barracks, ships, railways, and everywhere. 
"3. The transfer of wholesale management to released workmen of the professional 

" 4. The transfer of the food supply to Workmen's and Peasants'" Co-operative 

" 5. The general arming of workmen and peasants. 
" 6. The immediate release of members of the original revolutionary peasants' party 

of Left Social Revolutionists. 
" 7. The immediate release of Marie Spiridonova." 

The carrying of the resolution was received with cries of " Down with dictatorship ! " 
" Down with the Kommissars ! " " To the Courts with the Bolshevik hangmen and 
murderers ! " 

The Government took steps to put down any further manifestations, and anyone 
found in possession of the resolution was at once arrested. Various promises were made, 
and money, in the shape of "Kerensky" notes, was distributed by the Bolsheviks, but 
the workmen refused to be pacified, and incited their comrades to strike. 

On the 15th of March the Baltic, Skorohod, and Tramw r ay works came out on 

The situation was so serious that Lenin came from Moscow and attempted to 
pacify the workmen by speeches and promises of an extra bread ration. He also 
promised that passenger traffic between Petrograd and Moscow should be suspended 
for four weeks, in order that the transport of supplies might be facilitated. 


His proposals were refused, and the workmen demanded his resignation. Zinoviev 
and Lunacharsky, the only two Kommissars who dared to address the workmen, had no 
better success. Zinoviev was greeted with cries of "Down with that Jew!" and was 
compelled to escape. • Lunacharsky found it almost impossible to obtain a hearing, and 
eventually promised that the Bolsheviks would resign if the majority desired their 

The following couplet was placarded upon the walls of Petrograd — 

'•' Down with Lenin and horseflesh, 
Give us the Tsar and pork." 

A demand was made by the delegates of the Putilof Works that the resolution of 
the 10th March should be published in the "Northern Commune"; but this was 
refused by the Kommissars of the Interior. 

On the 16th March Torin incited Bolsheviks to kill the Social Revolutionaries, and 
Zinoviev brought into Petrograd a number of sailors and soldiers of the Red Army. 
The force was composed of foreigners, mainly Letts and Germans. During the next 
two days 300 arrests took place in the workshops, and suspected ringleaders and Social 
Revolutionaries were shot wholesale. 

Though order has been partially restored, and many workmen have been driven to 
work by means of threats, they are still incensed against the Bolsheviks, and demand 
the freedom of the press in order to voice their grievances. 




Extract from the " Krasnaya Gazeta " (Organ of lied Army), September 1, 1018. 

ARTICLE, entitled " Blood for Blood," begins in the following way :- 

" We will turn our hearts into steel, which we will temper in the fire of 
suffering and the blood of fighters for freedom. We will make our hearts cruel, 
hard, and immovable, so that no mercy will enter them, and so that they will not 
quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood. We will let loose the floodgates of 
that sea. Without mercy, without sparing, we will kill our enemies in scores 
of hundreds. Let them be thousands ; let them drown themselves in their own 
blood. For the blood of Lenin and Uritski, Zinovief, and Volodarski, let there be 
floods of the blood of the bourgeois — more blood, as much as possible." 

Extracts from Official Journal (" Izvestiya "), September 1918. 

There are only two possibilities — the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie or the 

dictatorship of the proletariat The proletariat will reply to the attempt on 

Lenin in a manner that will make the whole bourgeoisie shudder with horror. 

Assassination at Petrograd of Kommissar TJritsky by Kannegisser Jew Dvoryanin, 
twenty-two years of age, student, formerly Junker of Artillery School. 

" Krasnaya Gazeta ' writes : " Whole bourgeoisie must answer for this act of 

terror Thousands of our enemies must pay for Uritsky's death We 

must teach bourgeoisie a bloody lesson Death to the bourgeoisie.'' 

Attempt on Lenin. 

Proclamation Issued by the Extraordinary Commission and signed " Peters." 

Proclamation states that " the criminal hand of a member of the Social- 
Revolutionary Party, directed by the Anglo-French, has dared to fire at the leader of 
the working class." This crime will be answered by a "massive terror." Woe to 
those who stand on the path of the working class. All representatives of capital will 
be sent to forced labour, and their property confiscated. Counter-revolutionaries 
will be exterminated and crushed beneath the heavy hammer of the revolutionary 

Petrovsky, Kommissar for Interior, issues circular telegraphic order reproving 
local Soviets for their " extraordinarily insignificant number of serious repressions and 
mass shootings of White Guards and bourgeoisie." An immediate end must be put 
to these grandmotherly methods. All Right Social-Revolutionaries must be immediately 
arrested. Considerable numbers of hostages must be taken from bourgeoisie and 
former officers. At the slightest attempt at resistance, or the slightest movement in 
White Guard circles, mass shootings of hostages must be immediately employed. 
Indecisive and irresolute action in this matter on the part of local Soviets will be 
severely dealt with. 


The Council of the People's Commissaries, having considered the report of the 
chairman of the Extraordinary Commission* found that under the existing conditions 
it was most necessary to secure the safety of the rear by means of terror. To 
strengthen the activity of the Extraordinary Commission, and render it more systematic, 

* The Extraordinary Commission are responsible for the trials and executions, and fur executions without 
trial. Their work is sometimes done in camera. 


as many responsible party comrades as possible are to be sent to work on the 
Commission. The Soviet Republic must be made secure against its class enemies by 
sending them to concentration camps. 

All persons belonging to White Guard organisations or involved in conspiracies 
and rebellions are to be shot. Their names and the particulars of their cases are to be 
published. (" Northern Commune," September 9, 1918.) 

Tver, 9th September. — The Extraordinary Commission has arrested and sent to 
concentration camps over 130 hostages from among the bourgeoisie. The prisoners 
include members of the Cadet party, Socialist-Revolutionaries of the Right, former- 
officers, well-known members of the propertied classes and policemen. 

(" Northern Commune," September 10, 1918.) 

Jaroslav, 9th September. — In the whole of the Jaroslav Government a strict 
registration of the bourgeoisie and its partisans has been organised. Manifestly anti- 
Soviet elements are being shot ; suspected persons are interned in concentration camps ; 
non-working sections of the population are subjected to compulsory labour. 

(" Northern Commune," September 10, 1918.) 

Atkarsk, 11th September. — Yesterday martial law was proclaimed in the town.- 
Eight counter-revolutionaries were shot. 

(" Northern Commune," September 12, 1918.) 

Borisoglebsk, IQth September. — For an attempt to organise a movement in 
opposition to the Soviet power, nine local counter-revolutionaries were shot, namely — 
two rich land-owners, six merchants and the local " Corn King" Vasiliev. 

("Northern Commune," September 16, No. 106.) 

Resolution passed by the Soviet of the First Urban District of Petrograd : — 

". . . . The meeting welcomes the fact that mass terror is being used against the 
White Guards and higher bourgeois classes, and declares that every attempt on the 
life of any of our leaders will be answered by the proletariat by shooting down not 
only of hundreds, as is the case now, but of thousands of White Guards, bankers, 
manufacturers, Cadets (constitutional democrats) and Socialist-Revolutionaries of the 
Right." . ("Northern Commune," September 18, 1918.) 

In Astrakhan the Extraordinary Commission has shot ten Socialist- Revolutionaries 
of the Right involved in a plot against the Soviet power. In Karamyshef a priest 
named Lubimof and a deacon named Kvintil have been shot for revolutionary agitation 
against the decree separating the Church from the State, and for an appeal to overthrow 
the Soviet Government. In Perm, in retaliation for the assassination of Uritzky and 
for the attempt on Lenin, fifty hostages from among the bourgeois classes and the 
White Guards were shot (a few names are given). In Sebesh a priest named Kirkevich 
was shot for counter-revolutionary propaganda, and for having said masses for the late 
Nicholas Romanov. (" Northern Commune," September 18, 1918.) 

The following telegram has been received from the Cavalry Corps Staff : — 
" Additional arrests have been made in connection with the affair of former officers and 
Civil Service officials involved in preparing a rising in Vologda. When the plot 
was discovered they fled to Archangel and to Murmansk. The prisoners were 
caught disguised as peasants ; all had forged papers on them. The political 
department of the Corps has in its possession receipts for sums of money received 
by the arrested persons from the British through Colonel Kurtenkof. In connection 
with this affair fifteen have been shot, mostly military men. Among them were 
General Astashof, Military Engineer Bodrovolsky, Captain Nikitin and two Socialist- 
Revolutionaries of the Left — Sudotin and Tourba. Apart from these, the Commander 
of the Expeditionary Detachment, the sailor Shimansky, who was not equal to the situa- 
tion was also shot. (" Northern Commune," September 19, 1918.) 

" To overcome our enemies we must have our own Socialist Militarism. We must 
win over to our side, 90 millions out of the 100 millions of population of Russia under 
the Soviets. As for the rest, we have nothing to say to them ; they must be 
(Speech by Zinoviev : reported in the " Northern Commune," September 19, No, 109.) 


-■:..:' The work of the Extraordinary Commission is most responsible and Calls for the 
greatest restraint of their members. Do they possess this restraint ? Unfortunately, I 
cannot discuss here whether and how far all the arrests and executions carried out in 
various places by the Extraordinary Commissions were really necessary. On this point 

there are differences of opinion in the party The absence of the necessary 

restraint makes one feel appalled at the "instruction' issued by the All-Russian 
Extraordinary Commission to "All Provincial Extraordinary Commissions," which 
says : — " The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission is perfectly independent in its 
work, carrying out house searches, arrests, executions, of which it afterwards reports to 
the Council of the People's Commissaries and to the Central Executive Council." 
Further, the Provincial and District Extraordinary Commissions " are independent in 
their activities, and when called upon by the local Executive Council present a report 
of their work." In so far as house searches and arrests are concerned, a report made 
afterwards may result in putting right irregularities committed owing to lack of 

restraint. The same cannot be said of executions It can also be seen from the 

"instruction " that personal safety is to a certain extent guaranteed only to members 
of the Government, of the Central Executive Council and of the local Executive 
Committees. With the exception of these few persons all members of the local com- 
mittees of the (Bolshevik) party, of the Control Committees and of the Executive 
Committee of the party may be shot at any time by the decision of any Extraordinary 
Commission of a small district town if they happen to be on its territory, and a report 
of that made afterwards. 

(From an article byM. Alminsky, " Pravda," October 8, 1918.) 

Comrade Bokif gave details of the work of the Petrograd District Commission 
since the evacuation of the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission to Moscow. The 
total number of arrested persons was 6,220. 800 were shot. 

(From a report of a meeting of the Conference of the Extraordinary Commission, 
"Izvestia," October 19, 1918, No. 228.) 

A riot occurred in the Kirsanof district. The rioters shouted, " Down with the 
Soviets." They dissolved the Soviet and the Committee of the Village Poor. The riot 
was suppressed by a detachment of the Soviet troops. Six ringleaders were shot. The 
case is under examination. (" Izvestia," November 5, 1918.) 

By order of the Military Revolutionary Committee of Petrograd several officers 
were shot for spreading untrue rumours that the Soviet authority had lost the 
confidence of the people. 

All relatives of the officers of the 86th Infantry Regiment (which deserted to the 
Whites) were shot. 

("Northern Commune" (quoted from " Russian Life" (Helsingfors) ), March 11, 

Treatment of the Bourgeoisie. 

Orel. — To-day the Orel bourgeoisie commenced compulsory work to which it was 
made liable. Parties of the bourgeoisie, thus made to work, are cleaning the streets 
and squares from rubbish and dirt. ("Izvestia," October 19, No. 288.) 

Chembar. — The bourgeoisie put to compulsory work is repairing the pavements 
and the roads. (" Pravda," October 6, 1918, No. 205.) 

If you come to Petrograd you will see scores of bourgeoisie laying the pavement 

in the courtyard of the Smolny I wish you could see how well they unload 

coal on the Neva and clean the barracks. 

(From a speech by Zinoviev, " Pravda," October 11, No, 219.) 

Large forces of mobilised bourgeoisie have been sent to the front to do trench 
work. (" Krasnaya Gazeta," October 16, 1918.) 

A Ca,mp for the Bourgeoisie. 

The District Extraordinary Commission (Saransk) has organised a camp of 
concentration for the local bourgeoisie and kulaki (the close-fisted). 

The duties of the confined shall consist in keeping clean the town of Saransk. 

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The existence of the camp will be maintained at the expense of the same 

(" Krasnaya Gazeta " (The Red Gazette), Petrograd s November 6, 1918, No. 237.) 

Desertions from the Red Army. 

The Fight against Desertion. 

The " Goios Krasnoarmeytza " (Voice of the Red Armyman), of the 2nd February, 
issued at Yamburg by the Sixth Light Infantry Division, contains the following 
announcement : — 

" In view of the mass desertions of Red Army men and the necessity of putting a 
stop to those citizens agitating among them against Soviet authority, and spreading 
among them false rumours, causing panic among the army and in the rear, and also 
concealing deserters, persons who are in reality agents of Anglo-French capital, such 
persons are subject to arrest and to delivery to trial by the Military Revolutionary 
Tribunal as enemies of the workers' and peasants' government. 

" All town, district, and village Soviets of the frontal zone of the Yamburg 
district and of the neighbouring districts are instructed by the military Soviet of the 
division and by the Yamburg district Executive Committee to bring to the immediate 
notice of the Military Revolutionary Tribunal all cases of wandering Red Army men, 
to detain all persons spreading false rumours, to arrest private persons as well as 
Red Army men detected in selling or buying military arms and munitions, and to 
place on all roads barrier-guards and patrols for the apprehension of deserters. 

" The Military Revolutionary Tribunal brings to the notice of Red Army men 
that the time for words and exhortation has passed, and that the time has come 
demanding the conscious performance of the tasks of the Soviet Republic. 

"The concealment and the misplaced solicitude of workmen and peasants in 
relation to deserters are abetting the licentiousness and idleness in the ranks of the 
Red Army. 

" A deserter needs neither bread nor a refuge, but a bullet. 

" Bread and a refuge are due only to the proletariat Red Army. 

" (The Military Revolutionary Tribunal at the Front.)" 

Bolshevism and Social Democracy. 

Arrest of the Labour Conference. 

An open letter of the delegates, kept in the Moscow Taganka Prison, to all 
citizens : — 

" We, members of the Labour Conference, representing independent"working-class 
organisations of various towns of Russia (Petrograd, Moscow, Tula, Sormova, Kolomna, 
Kulebaki, Tver, Nijni-Novgorod, Vologda, Bezshiza, Orel, Votkinski Zavod), arrested at 
our second meeting, on the 23rd July, in the ' Co-operation Hall,' feel it our public 
duty to protest before all citizens of Russia, against the false and calumnious reports 
published by the Bolshevik Government press on the 27th and 28th July. The 
Bolshevik Government takes advantage of the fact that it has muzzled the whole 
independent press and that we, members of the Labour Conference, are locked up in 
prison, under incredible conditions. 

" Our Conference was not ' a secret counter-revolutionary plot organised by 
well-to-do people and intellectuals,' &c, but a public conference of delegates of 
working-class organisations, which was beforehand known to and discussed by the 
whole press, including that of the Bolsheviks. 

" The delegates were sent to the Conference not by ' Menshevik or Socialist- 
Revolutionaries' groups ' as falsely stated in the ' Izvestia,' which desires to deceive 
workmen who have not yet deserted the Government, but by assemblies of delegates 
from works and factories who have tens of thousands of electors behind them. The 
adopted general basis of representation was one delegate for 5,000 workmen. The 
' Izvestia ' goes so far as to state shamelessly that the delegates Polikarpof and 
Pushkin, sent by the Tula workmen, were elected by 60 or 160 men, whereas they were 
sent by the Tula assembly, which consisted of delegates elected by the majority of 
Tula workmen. At places where independent workmen's organisations could not yet 
be set up, delegates to the Conference were sent by individual big factories. 


" Having calunmiously described the delegates as impostors who represent 
nobody, the ' Izvestia,' with the insolence characteristic of the organs of the Tsarist 
regime — did not stop at giving false information about things found on the arrested 
delegates in order to cast a shadow on their characters. Thus, it is reported that 
Comrade Berg was found to be in possession of 6,000 roubles. As a matter of fact, he 
had only 590* roubles. Comrade Leikin is stated to have had 160 roubles, and he had 
in fact 1 rouble 65 kopecks. The ' Izvestia ' further states that on Leikin the following 
things were found : a ring, diamonds, and a gold watch, whereas all his 'jewellery' 
consisted of an ordinary gun-metal watch, which it did not occur even to the prison 
warders to take away. 

" The Bolshevik Government has to resort to stupid, shameless lies to justify the 
preposterous arrests of the workmen's delegates who dared to show some independent 
organising initiative. 

"The conference of workmen's delegates was convened to make arrangements for 
the convocation of an All-Russian Labour Congress, and had held two meetings. The 
agenda of the Conference included the following items : — Measures against the 
disintegration of the working-class movement; what can be done to effect a 
concentration of its forces and its proper organisation ; arrangements for the 
All-Russian Labour Conference. But the Communist Government, just as its Tsarist 
predecessors, do not tolerate any symptoms of an independent working-class movement, 
because it is this movement which constitutes a menace to their power. In this 
movement they see a reflection of the food crisis, and, incapable of solving the State 
problems which they have before them, they resort to repressive measures directed 
against the leaders of the working-class movement. Workmen's organisations are 
subjected to unheard-of repressions. 

" Long live the working-class organisations ! 

" Long live their independence, their revolutionary and organising initiative ! 
'('Signed') — A.N. Smirnof, workman of the Cartridge Factory, delegate from 
Petrograd ; N. N. Gliebof, workman of Poutilof Works ; J. S. Leikin, 
delegate of the Assembly of Delegates of the Nijni and Vladimir districts. 
Workmen : D. V. Zakharof, secretary of a trade union ; D. I. Zakharof, 
Sormovo; V. I. Matveef, Sormovo; A. A. Vezkalm, carpenter, member of 
the Executive Committee of the Lettish Social Democratic Party ; I. G. 
Volkof, turner, member of the Executive Committee of the Petroocrad Union 
of Metal Workers ; A. A. Chinenkof, Nijni ; S. P. Polikarpof, Tula ; N. K. 
Borisenko, Petrograd Tube Works ; V. G. Chirkin, turner, member of the All- 
Russian Council of Trade Unions ; Berg, Electrical Works ; D. Smirnof. 
Arsenal, Petrograd ; Victor Alter, delegate of the Executive Committee of the 
" Bund " (Jewish Socialist Party) ; Pushkin, workman of the Tula Small Arms 
Factory, &c." 

("Workers' International": (organ of the Petrograd Committee of the Russian 
Social-Democratic Labour Party), August 7, 1918). 

The imaginary dictatorship of the proletariat has definitely turned into the 
dictatorship of the Bolshevik party, which attracted all sorts of adventurers and 
suspicious characters and is supported only by the naked force of hired bayonets. 
Their sham socialism resulted in the complete destruction of Russian industry, in the 
country's enslavement to foreign capital, in the destruction of all class organisations of 
the proletariat, in the suppression of all democratic liberty and of all organs of 
democratic State # lif'e, thus preparing the ground for a bourgeois counter-revolution of 
the worst and most brutal kind. 

The Bolsheviks are unable to solve the food problem, and their attempt to bribe 
the proletariat by organising expeditions into the villages in order to seize supplies of 
bread drives the peasantry into the arms of the counter-revolution and threatens to 
rouse its hatred towards the town in general, and the proletariat in particular, for a 
long time to come. . . . 

In continuing the struggle against the Bolshevik tyranny which dishonours the 
Russian revolution, social democracy pursues the following aims : (1; To make it 
impossible for the working class to have to shed its blood for the sake of maintaining 
the sham dictatorship of the toiling masses or of the sham socialistic order, both of 
which are bound to perish and are meanwhile killing the soul and body of the 
proletariat; (2) To organise the working-class into a force which, in union with other 

* At present equal to about 15Z. 
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democratic forces of the country, will be able to throw off the yoke of the Bolshevik 
regime, to defend the democratic, conquests of the revolution and to oppose any 
reactionary force which would attempt to hang a millstone around the neck of the 
Russian democracy. . . . 

Fortv delegates elected bv workmen of various towns, to a conference, for the 
purpose of making arrangements for the convocation of a Labour Congress, have been 
arrested and committed for trial by the Supreme Revolutionary Tribunal, created to 
pass death sentences without the ordinary guarantees of a fair trial. They are falsely 
and calumniously accused of organising a counter-revolutionary plot. Among the 
arrested are the most prominent workers of the Social Democratic Labour movement, 
as, for instance, Abramovitch, member of the Central Executive Committees of the 
Russian Social Democratic Labour Party and of the " Bund," who is personally well- 
known to manv foreign comrades ; Alter, member of the Executive Committee of the 
" Bund " ; Smirnof, member of last year's Soviet Delegation to the Western Countries ; 
Vezkaln, member of the Executive Committee of the Lettish Social Democratic Party ; 
Volkof, chairman of the Petrograd Union of Workmen's Co-operative Societies ; 
Zakharof, secretary of the Petrograd Union of Workmen of Chemical Factories ; and 
other prominent workers of the trade union and co-operative movement. 

We demand immediate intervention of all Socialist parties to avert the shameful 
and criminal proceeding. 

(Protest of the Social Democratic Labour Party and of the Jewish Socialist Party 
sent to the Executive Committees of all Socialist Parties of Europe and 
America, August, 1918.) 

The Extraordinary Commission of the Union of .Northern Communes at a meeting 
of October 22nd, considered the legal cases connected with the sailors' mutiny of 
October 11th. It was found on examination that the movement was organised by the 
Petrograd Committee of the Socialist Revolutionaries of the left, the resolution passed 
by the sailors of the 2nd Baltic Squadron having been framed with the assistance of 
members of the above Committee, approved of by the Conference of the party, which 
sent its greetings to the sailors. Apart from this, the resolution was printed on a 
cyclostyle in the premises of the above Committee, which delegated their party 
agitators to the sailors' meeting. At the head of the organisation were thirteen 
persons. Two escaped. Al the others were sentenced by the Extraordinary 
Commission to be shot. (" Izvestia," October 31st, 1918.) 

By the decision of the Extraordinary Commission the Socialist-Revolutionary, Firsof, 
has been shot. Firsof was executed for writing and distributing leaflets in which the 
Socialist-Revolutionaries invited workmen to give allegiance to the Archangel 
Government. (" Northern Commune," September 18, 1918.) 

The Extraordinary Commission of the Province has arrested the leading members 
of the local organisation of Left and Right Social Revolutionaries for the spreading of 
proclamations. In connection with the discovery of the plot, some Left Social 
Revolutionaries have been arrested in Moscow. An agitation has been conducted in 
the Red Army for the overthrow of Soviet authority. Proclamations were distributed 
calling for a struggle against Soviet authority, for the immediate organisation of 
committees and for the encouragement, through chosen commanders, of a campaign 
of terror against Trotsky and other prominent leaders of the Communist party. The 
agitation and the proclamations were without success. The responsible worker of the 
Kaluga Provisions Commissariat, the Left Social Revolutionary, Prigalin, was arrested. 
A rough draft of a proclamation, in the name of the party, calling for the overthrow of 
the Bolsheviks and the establishment of a coalition without the Bolsheviks, w-as found 
on him (Russian Wireless, February 22, 1919.) 

The Tribunal dealing with Mine. Spiridonova (the leader of the Social Revolutionary 
party, who was recently arrested on a charge of conspiracy against the Soviet 
authority) has decided, in view of the abnormal state of mind of the accused, to isolate 
her from all political and social activity for the duration of a year. 

Mine. Spiridonova is to be detained in a sanatorium, where she will be allowed 
facilities for recreation and intellectual work. 

(Russian Wireless, February 26, 1919.) 

Don't be like the " Old Masters." 

In one of the Sun day numbers of the "Krasnaya Gazeta " there was an article by 
comrade Kuznetzof under the title " The Eleventh." In this article he recalled how 
arrogantly, how appallingly, the old masters conducted themselves toward working- 

Yes, comrade Kuznetzof, it is unpleasant and humiliating to recall this gentry, 
but it is even more unpleasant and humiliating to meet the same kind of " old masters " 
at the present time. I know very many comrades who occupy various responsible 
posts in unions and committees, and when you happen to turn to them with some 
enquiry or request for co-operation, they are no better than the masters of the old 
regime : they answer either rudely and arrogantly, or they do not answer at all. 

It is humiliating to see this at the present time. And I say to such comrades : 
"Don't be, if I may so express myself, like the ' old masters.' Go to meet the oppressed 
and the poor. Train yourselves in this spirit, and only then call yourselves Communists 
and protectors of the working man. Hands off, all those who do not act as they 
speak !" 

([Letter from a Working man.] " Krasnaya Gazeta " (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, 
October 29, 1918, No. 230.) 

The Bolsheviks and the Press. 

The Suppression of the Paper "Mir" (Peace). — In accordance with the decision 
published in the " Izvestia " on the 27th July, No 159, the Press Department granted 
permits to issue periodical publications which accepted the Soviet platform. When 
granting permissions, the Press Department took into consideration the available 
supplies of paper, whether the population was in need of the proposed periodical 
publication, and also the necessity of providing employment for printers and press- 
men. Thus, permission was granted to issue the paper "Mir," especially in view of 
the publisher's declaration that the paper was intended to propagate pacifist ideas. 
At the present moment the requirements of the population of the Federal Socialist 
Republic for means of daily information are adequately met by the Soviet publica- 
tions ; employment for those engaged in journalistic work is secured in the Soviet 
papers ; a paper crisis is approaching. The Press Department, therefore, considers it 
impossible to permit the further publication of the " Mir," .... and has decided to 
suppress this paper for ever. ("Izvestia," October 17, 1918, No. 226.) 

The Central Executive Committee has confirmed the decision to close the 
newspaper, " Vsegda Vperiod," as its appeals for the cessation of civil war appear 
to be a betrayal of the working-class. (Russian Wireless, February 26, 1919.) 

Compulsory Purchase of Newspapers. 

To the Notice of the House Committees of Poverty. 

On 20th July of the present year there was published obligatory regulation 
No. 27, to the following effect : — 

' Every house committee in the city of Petrograd and other towns, included in 
the Union of Communes of the Northern region, is under obligation to subscribe, 
paying for same, one copy of the newspaper, the "Northern Commune" the official 
organ of the Soviets of the Northern region). 

' The newspaper should be given to every resident in the house on the first 

:< Chairman of the Union of the Communes of the Northern region, Gr. Zinoviev 

" Commissary of printing, N. Kuzmin." 

However, until now the majority of houses, inhabited pre-eminently by the 
bourgeoisie, do not fulfil the above-expressed obligatory regulation, and the working 
population of such houses is deprived of the possibility of receiving the " Northern 
Commune " in its house committees. 

Therefore, the publishing office of the " Northern Commune" brings to the notice 
of all house committees that it has undertaken, through the medium of especial 
emissaries, the control of the fulfilment by house committees of the obligatory regula- 
tion No. 27, and all house committees which cannot show a receipt for a subscription 


to the newspaper, the " Northern Commune," will be immediately called to the most 
severe account for the breaking of the obligatory regulation. 

Subscriptions will be received in the main office and branches of the " Northern 
Commune " daily, except Sundays and holidays, from 10 to 4. 

("Severnaya Kommuna," Petrograd, November 10, 1918, No. 150.) 

Freedom of Speech. 

At the People's Court at Moscow was heard the case of Priest Filimonof, accused 
of circulating the book, " Who Governs Us." 

In his book the author defamed the Soviet Government. The Court sentenced 
the reverend father (" batiushka ") to ten years of public work. 

( (< Krasnaya Gazeta " (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, October 10, 1918, No. 214.) 

Decree as to Freedom of Association and Public Meetings. 

1. All societies, unions, and associations — political, economic, artistic, religious, 
&c. — formed on the territory of the Union of the Commune of the Northern Region 
must be registered at the corresponding Soviets or Committees of the village poor. 

2. The constitution of the union or society, a list of founders and members of the 
committee, with names and addresses, and a list of all members, with their names and 
addresses, must be submitted at registration. 

3. All books, minutes, &c, must always be kept at the disposal of representatives 
of the Soviet power for purposes of revision. 

4. Three days' notice must be given to the Soviet, or to the Committee of the 
village poor, of all public and private meetings. 

5. All meetings must be open to the representatives of the Soviet power, viz , the 
representatives of the Central and District Soviet, the Committee of the Poor, and the 
Kommandatur of the Revolutionary Secret Police Force (Okhrana). 

6 Unions and societies which do not comply with those regulations will be 
regarded as counter-revolutionary organisations, and prosecuted. 

(" Northern Commune," September 13, 1918, No. 103.) 

Economic Conditions. 

(a.) Wages. 
The Rise in Wages. 

In the last number of the " Narodnoye Khoziaystvo " (National Economy) are 
given the figures of the progress of wages in Russia daring the decade of 1908-1918. 

In general, wages have risen during the ten years from 1200 to 1300 per cent. 

The highest rise has taken place in the textile industry, in which it has reached 
1736 per cent. In the leather trade the wages have gone up in the same time 1501 
per cent., in the colour printing industry 1440 per cent., in the writing paper industry 
1434 per cent., in the metal and woodwork industries 1004 per cent., in the chemical 
industry 1069 per cent., and in the food products industry 1286 per cent. 

It is necessary to remark that the greatest changes have occurred in those branches 
of industry which received smaller wages in previous years, as for example, the textile 
industry. In this connection the wages of the women workers have risen relatively far 
in excess of those of the men workers. In the leather industry they have reached a 
2500 per cent, increase, in the textile industry 2127 per cent. 

(" Pravda," Moscow, October 24, 1918, No. 230.) 

(b.) Food. 

What they can get toiih their Higher Wages : The Bread Ration. 

The Commissary of Food of the Petrograd Labour Commune informs that on 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, for four days, the following products will be 
given, on the presentation of the bread cards, according to category : — 

1st category. — 1 lb. (Russian) of bread and 3 lb. of potatoes. 
2nd category. — J lb. of bread and 2 lb. of potatoes. 
3rd category. — £ lb. of bread and 1 lb. of potatoes. 
4th category. — J- lb. of potatoes. 

(" Vooruzheny Narod " (the Armed People), Petrograd, October 9, 1918, No. 71.)- 

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Rations for October. 

For the month of October the second free coupon will be available for the following 
products : — 

1st category. — 1 lb. of fresh fish, % lb. of leeks. 
2nd category. — Two herrings, ^ lb. of leeks. 

("Krasnaya Gazeta" (the Red Gazette), October 10, 1918, No. 214.) 

The Population of Petrograd. 

The population of Petrograd is continuing steadily to decrease. According to 
figures furnished by the Department of Statistics of the Food Commissariat, at the 
beginning of the month of October there were 1,120,354 food cards in the hands of 
the population. Of this number there were 308,156 cards in the 1st category, 424,558 
in the 2nd, 85,691 in the 3rd, and 1,669 in the 4th. 

(" Krasnaya Gazeta " (the Red Gazette), -Petrograd, October 16, 1918, No. 219.) 

The Vegetable Ration for the Month of October. 

Owing to the increased arrival of vegetables in Petrograd during the month of 
October the third free coupon of the food cards will become available for the following, 
according to category : — 

1st category. — 3 lb. of cabbage and 1 lb. of onions. 
2nd category. — 2 lb. of cabbage and 1 lb. of onions. 

Owing to technical conditions the vegetables will be given out according to their 
arrival at the stores of the Commissariat, that is, not simultaneously in all the districts. 
("Krasnaya Gazeta" (the Red Gazette), Petrograd, October 22, 1918, No. 224.) 

The Commissariat of Food. 

The Food Commissariat of the Petrograd Workers' Commune informs the population 
that in February the adult population and children of all ages will be able to obtain 
on the presentation of their food cards (Coupon 14) : — 

1st category. — 1 lb. of sand sugar. 
2nd category. — \ lb. of sand sugar. 

(" Severnaya Kommuna," Petrograd, February 6, 1919.) 


In consequence of a complete absence of groats, white flour, and milk products, 
children suffer immensely. The mortality is great. 

(" Izvestia," November 2, No 240.) 

(c.) Health. 

In the districts of the Viatka Government Spanish sickness is raging. There is 
no medical help, no drugs are available. The population, frightened by the high 
mortality, asks for help. There is an epidemic of grippe in Sitnir Volost ; 200 have 
died. Good agitators are urgently required. (" Izvestia," October 31, 1918.) 

Disease : Eruptive typhus. 

Last week there were 967 registered cases of eruptive typhus in Petrograd, as 
against 820 registered cases the previous week. 

(" Izvestia," Moscow, February 7, 1919, No. 28 (580).) 

From an analysis of the 'Krasnaya Gazeta" (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, 
we get the fallowing facts : — 

In the issue of October 10, 1918, there are 39 advertisements. Of these, 23 deal 
with syphilis treatment. 

In the issue of October 11 there are 33 advertisements. Of these, 18 deal with 
syphilis treatment. 

Of the 36 advertisements in the issue of October 16, 18 deal with S3 r philis. 

Of the 42 advertisements in the issue of November 6, 25 deal with syphilis and 
other venereal diseases. 


(d.) Requisitions. 

At "a plenary sitting of the Soviet of Workers' Deputies of the city region, in 
connection with events in Germany, a resolution was passed in favour of sending- a 
greeting to the German proletariat, and promise of being in readiness for sending 
assistance in the form of arms and food. 

. In connection with this, in view of the fact that this question is inevitably bound 
up with the security of our Red Army, the Soviet has decided to take the measure 
of requisitioning warm things belong to the bourgeoisie for the Red Army. 

(" Krasnaya Gazeta " (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, October 11, 1918, No. 215.) 

The collection of warm things without the 1,000-rouble fine has been prolonged 
until October 20, inclusive. 

(" Krasnaya Gazeta " (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, October 16, 1918, No. 219.) 

(e.) Compulsory Labour. 
Compulsory Labour for Hawkers, Cabmen, &t. 

Within a few days a registration will be made of all hawkers, cabmen, and 
unemployed of both sexes. 

All these persons will be summoned to do urgent work caused by special 
("Krasnaya Gazeta" (The Red Gazette), Petrograd, November 2, 1918, No. 234.) 

The Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party informs all party 
organisations that all responsible workmen, Ukranians, Letts, White Russians, and 
comrades of other nationalities, will be freed from their local labours, and sent to their 
own country only by permission of the Central Committee. All secondary workmen will 
be freed by permission of the local organisations if their departure from their posts 
does not involve a breakdown of the local work. 

(Russian Wireless, February 5, 1919.) 

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